Russia’s own data on near-Earth objects – including military satellites not covered by the open catalog of the North-American warning system NORAD – could soon be made publicly available as a comprehensive database, Russian media report.

Russia is planning to set up a free database on thousands of near-Earth objects, including those not publicly listed in open catalogs of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Boeing is finally going to China. The American aerospace giant will build its first overseas airliner assembly plant in China, state news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday. As part of the deal, Boeing also will sell 300 new aircraft to three Chinese companies.

Boeing has not yet issued a statement. Nor has the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union that represents more than 33,000 workers at the company’s longtime manufacturing base in Washington’s Puget Sound region.

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When a lieutenant to Warren E. Buffett first invested in Precision Castparts three years ago, the billionaire had hardly heard of the metal parts manufacturer.

Now Mr. Buffett has bought the company in his biggest takeover ever.

Berkshire Hathaway, his $354 billion industrial empire, said on Monday that it would buy Precision Castparts for $32 billion. The move will help move Mr. Buffett’s company — which includes earlier acquisitions ranging from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad to Fruit of the Loom underwear — further into the industrial sector. Including debt, the transaction is worth $37.2 billion.

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Iran is about to conclude a transaction with China for the purchase of the Chengdu J-10 multirole jet fighter, known in the West as the Vigorous Dragon, according to an exclusive report from debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. Beijing has agreed to sell Tehran 150 of these sophisticated jets.

While the Chinese J-10 is comparable to the US F-16, our sources report that it is virtually a replica of the Lavi, the super-fighter developed by Israel’s aerospace industry in the second half of the 80s.

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American researchers have claimed that two pieces of bent and corroded metal are evidence that Amelia Earhart crash-landed on a remote Pacific atoll in 1937 and that the famous aviator and her navigator subsequently died as prisoners of the Japanese.

Les Kinney and Dick Spink travelled to barren Mili atoll, part of the Marshall Islands, in January and used metal detectors to carry out a detailed search.

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