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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Canada makes first call on AEHF; First partner nation to connect terminals to protected communication satellite

Posted  June 21, 2013

Canada recently became the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency international partner to communicate using the Lockheed Martin-produced satellite system.

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NASA’s Webb Telescope’s last backbone component completed

Posted  June 21, 2013

Assembly of the backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the primary mirror backplane support structure, is a step closer to completion with the recent addition of the backplane support frame, a fixture that will be used to connect all the pieces of the telescope together. The backplane support frame will bring together Webb’s center…

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Raytheon awarded contract for F-15C AESA radars

Posted  June 21, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract for the sixth production lot of APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array radars for United States Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C aircraft. “We have been a partner on the F-15 for more than 40 years,” said Mark Kula, vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems…

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Wyle wins $46.8 million award to support U.S. Army missile, weapon systems

Posted  June 7, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract worth $46.8 million to provide logistics, engineering, technical, programmatic and field engineering services for a variety of missile and close combat weapon systems for the U.S. Army. The award, in a task order from the Reliability Information Analysis Center, supports the Army’s Program Executive Office,…

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride packaged power amplifier for military, commercial high-power amplifier needs

Posted  June 7, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company. “The APN180FP provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use, high-frequency product that greatly expands the accessibility of…

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Commissary to close on Tuesdays due to furloughs

Posted  June 7, 2013

According to a news release from the Defense Commissary Agency, most military commissaries will be closed on Mondays as a result of the announced DOD civilian employee furlough. Since the Los Angeles AFB store and 147 other stores worldwide are usually closed on Mondays, the commissary here will be closed for up to 11 Tuesdays…

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Northrop Grumman completes lunar lander study for Golden Spike Company

Posted  May 10, 2013

Northrop Grumman image This figure shows a preliminary sketch of the minimalist ascent pod with surface habitat concept packaged in a five-meter diameter payload fairing. The pressurized compartments and propellant tanks easily fit in the available space. Ascent thrusters are mounted on outriggers that are folded up to fit in the payload fairing and the…

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Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation on orbit

Posted  May 17, 2013

With the May 125 launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

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Northrop Grumman proves concept for new B-2 satellite communication system

Posted  May 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph April 18, Northrop Grumman completed a ground demonstration of a communication system that would allow the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber to operate with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite network. A new Northrop Grumman-developed active electronically scanned array antenna, shown in the photo, was the technological centerpiece of the demo….

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Boeing selected to build ViaSat-2 satellite

Posted  May 17, 2013

Boeing has a new satellite customer under a contract to design and deliver one Boeing 702HP high-power spacecraft to ViaSat Inc. in 2016.

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