The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accepting comments until May 29 regarding potential regulation of autonomous vehicles that do not have manual controls. The notice of proposed rulemaking is limited to the issue of crashworthiness standards, with separate notices expected regarding telltales, indicators, alerts and warnings.
As many as 200 crew members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the coronavirus and the entire crew of 5,000 now must be isolated, commander Capt. Brett Crozier said. The Roosevelt is in Guam, and infected sailors -- accounting for nearly a third of all US military coronavirus infections globally -- are being hospitalized as the crew undergoes further testing.
Raytheon has signed on to produce and deliver Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors to the Navy under a new $2.1 billion US Missile Defense Agency contract. The ballistic SM-3 can be launched from land or sea and is used by the Navy to target short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
Northrop Grumman will receive a sole-source Navy contract to begin low-rate initial production of the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range. The missile uses the same sensors, electronics and warheads as its predecessor, but comes with a larger rocket engine, tail upgrades and a short strake.
Austal USA will perform post-shakedown availability work on the littoral combat ship USS Kansas City under a $7.7 million Pentagon contract. The work will take place in San Diego and will include manpower, support services and nonstandard equipment.
The littoral combat ship USS Detroit arrived Sunday at Truman Harbor at Naval Air Station Key West in Florida for emergency repairs. Crew members will be confined to the base due to the coronavirus pandemic, but no members are believed to have the disease.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast has awarded St. Louis-based Alberici-Mortenson a $191.9 million contract for the first phase of dry dock upgrades at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia. Work will include overhauling and repairing the steel caisson, various mechanical system upgrades and recoating the superstructure.
Cryogenic equipment manufacturer Chart Industries will lend its market expertise to a naval architect studying fuel-cell hydrogen propulsion for medium and large ships. Chart's work will focus on hydrogen fuel tanks, vaporization, transfer piping, safety, control and vessel integration.
The USS Fort Lauderdale, the 12th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, has launched. "I am thrilled to get Fort Lauderdale in the water, so we can begin final outfitting and eventually take the ship out to sea for trials," said program manager Capt. Scot Searles.
Covington, Ky., will participate in an Army Corps of Engineers project meant to rehabilitate and protect the ecosystem along the banks of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. The project awaits approval from four other Kentucky cities before work can begin.
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