The Global Hawk UAS has recently come under fire as constrained military budgets force the US Air Force to pick and choose between its high-altitude reconnaissance assets. No one can doubt the fleet’s contribution to combat operations to date, but does the aircraft have what it takes to keep flying? Claire Apthorp reports.
Elon Musk has rattled the US military space launch market, challenging the monopoly of United Launch Alliance by suing the US Air Force for the right to compete with his company SpaceX. How did SpaceX end up suing the organisation that might become its biggest customer, and could this bold move prove more damaging than it is worth?