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  • *Costs are nearly $2 billion for 6.4 bln km journey. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, Nov 12- The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth's solar system. "We are ready to make science fiction a science fact," ESA director of human...

  • Virgin Galactic's impact on space race  Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    NBC's Jane Wells provides the latest details on the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spacecraft .

  • NASA's mission to mars  Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET
    NASA's Orion spacecraft

    NASA is preparing to launch the Orion spacecraft, its next generation deep-space capsule. CNBC's Jane Wells has the details.

  • Check out the new spacecraft from NASA & Lockheed Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 10:41 AM ET
    NASA's Orion spacecraft

    The Orion, which may take astronauts to asteroids and Mars, is scheduled for an unmanned test launch on Dec. 4.

  • NASA to launch $11 billion space capsule  Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    NASA's Orion spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin will conduct a test flight on Monday night, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The U.S. Air Force is studying ways to meet its August 2016 target for declaring the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet ready for use in combat, despite an unexpected shortage of mechanics, a top Air Force general said on Thursday. Lieutenant General Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force, confirmed that the timeline was...

  • PARIS, Nov 6- Airlines in China and East Asia have ordered too few passenger jets, leasing company CIT Aerospace said, striking a contrast with recent industry warnings of an aviation capacity glut. They have missed opportunities to get new technology aircraft at close dates from the manufacturers directly, " Steve Mason, vice president of CIT Aerospace, a...

  • BEIJING, Nov 6- China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings said on Thursday it had signed a provisional deal with Airbus Group NV to buy 100 planes valued at about $10.2 billion. The order includes 74 of Airbus' A320neo planes, it said in a stock exchange filing. Despite a recent economic slowdown, China is the world's fastest-growing aviation market and is set to...

  • PARIS, Nov 6- Airlines in China and East Asia have ordered too few passenger jets, leasing company CIT Aerospace said, striking a contrast with recent industry warnings of an aviation capacity glut. "China and that region of Asia have not got enough orders. They have missed opportunities to get new technology aircraft at close dates from the manufacturers...

  • Midterm election plays: Defense, aerospace & more  Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    In light of the midterm election, CNBC's Dominic Chu looks at stocks and sectors to watch.

  • LONDON, Nov 4- British engineer Rolls-Royce plans to cut 2,600 jobs to save money and has replaced its finance director, aiming to restore confidence following two profit warnings in eight months. Rolls-Royce, which dates back to 1884 and has around 55,000 staff worldwide, has traditionally had lower margins than market leader General Electric, meaning it can...

  • Rolls-Royce to cut 2,600 staff, appoints new CFO Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    British engineer Rolls-Royce said it would cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months, in a battle to reduce costs almost three weeks after a major profit warning.

  • LONDON, Nov 4- British engineer Rolls-Royce said it would cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months, in a battle to reduce costs almost three weeks after a major profit warning. The world's second-largest maker of aircraft engines also promoted David Smith from finance director of the Aerospace division to become the new group chief financial officer, replacing...

  • Pilot actions examined in Virgin Galactic crash Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 6:39 AM ET
    Debris from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo craft is shown in this video still.

    A probe of the crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft will study why the co-pilot prematurely unlocked a tail section of the ship during a test flight.

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 3- A human-factors expert will join the investigation of the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft to study why the co-pilot prematurely unlocked a pivoting tail section of the ship during a test flight, the National Transportation Safety Board chairman said on Monday. Video footage from the cockpit shows co-pilot Michael...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- The first of two Lockheed Martin Corp F-35C fighter jets landed successfully on the USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego on Monday, marking the new warplane's first landing on an aircraft carrier using its tailhook system, the Pentagon said. Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 joint program office, said the landing was part of a...

  • Space travel moving forward after Galactic crash Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:04 PM ET
    Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson speaks at a press conference at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California on November 1, 2014.

    “This is not the end of commercial space flight.” So said former astronaut Tom Henricks on “Closing Bell.”

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 3- A team investigating the fatal test-flight crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship found that its rotating tail, designed to ease reentry into the atmosphere, was activated prematurely, and said pilot error could not be ruled out. SpaceShipTwo, developed by the fledgling space tourism company of billionaire entrepreneur Richard...

  • Early details of SpaceShipTwo investigation  Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports details of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo's crash investigation.

  • Virgin Galactic investigation: NTSB's first clue  Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest details on the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. Wells says the NTSB may have its first clue as to what caused the breakup.

Defense Contractors

  • The business world has seen numerous individuals put their marriages, careers and good standing at risk for an extramarital dalliance. CNBC.com presents a list of people who went outside of their marriages for intimate relationships.

  • A top U.S. general in Afghanistan is now under investigation, with CNBC's Eamon Javers. Jeremy Kroll, K2 Intelligence, and Julian Sanchez, Cato Institute, also discuss cyber security.

  • CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at the rise of women in companies that used to be dominated by men.