The Trump administration is considering whether to temporarily stop travel connections by flight and rail between some parts of the US as a way to combat the spread of coronavirus. "Closing up every single flight on every single airline, that's a very, very, very rough decision, but we are thinking of hot spots, where you go from spot to spot, both hot," President Donald Trump said.
Department of Homeland Security officials say the stockpile of medical protective gear and other supplies is nearly exhausted. The stockpile was not built for a 50-state pandemic, an official said.
Southwest Airlines is offering complimentary cargo transportation to support coronavirus relief efforts and providing transportation to hospitals in its Medical Transportation Grant Program. To kick off National Volunteer Month, the airline is sponsoring a nationwide "virtual volunteerism effort," supporting staff in finding "ways we can put our Heart in Action."
L3Harris Technologies has been selected to maintain and upgrade ground-based space sensors for the Space Force under a contract worth up to $1.2 billion over 10 years. The contract is part of the Maintenance of Space Situational Awareness Integrated Capabilities program.
The Pentagon has awarded an $818.2 million contract with Lockheed Martin for the production and delivery of hundreds of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles. The JASSM-ER missiles will be used by the US and allies.
A solicitation for proposals to "defeat" coronavirus has been issued by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research office. The office is seeking "direct to Phase 2" capabilities, meaning technology that is mature enough for the marketplace.
The US Air Force is taking steps to protect priority missions from disruption from coronavirus while also limiting the virus' spread as much as possible. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein has ordered each command to prioritize essential functions.
Piper Aircraft has announced plans to donate 1,300 3M-brand N95-approved facemasks to the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Calif. In addition, the company is using its Vero Beach facility to assemble medical face shields.
The coronavirus pandemic has not altered the schedule for Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines to ferry payloads to the moon next year as part of the Artemis mission, according to NASA. "We are talking to them almost on a daily basis to assess any schedule impacts," NASA's Steven Clarke said.
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