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News Briefs September 23, 2013

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Intercontinental missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast in a test flight. The Minuteman 3 blasted off around 3 a.m., Sept. 22 from an underground silo at the Vandenberg Air Force, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was supposed to travel 4,200…

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Lockheed Martin receives $18 million contract to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile to production

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Lockheed Martin has received an $18 million contract from the National Warhead and Energetic Consortium to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile to production. The contract includes developing production line tooling, test equipment and manufacturing process plans for initial production of the advanced projectile. The guidance and control unit will be assembled at Lockheed…

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Raytheon completes critical component of ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

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Raytheon has completed the manufacturing of an Antenna Equipment Unit for the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar. An integral part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, the AN/TPY-2 searches, discriminates between threats and non-threats, acquires and tracks threat ballistic missiles. AN/TPY-2 is a mobile X-band radar that helps protect the U.S., warfighters, and America’s allies…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Army incorporate Patriot, Sentinel capabilities into integrated air, missile defense battle command system

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The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman have successfully incorporated a key capability of the Patriot family of missiles and the Sentinel radar into the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System. Under the direction of the IAMD Project Office, the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Company, the Sentinel Project…

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Boeing completes deliveries of processing units for Armyís Air, Missile Defense Network

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Boeing recently finished delivering more than 40 computer processing units that will support an integrated network of computer and communication equipment critical to U.S. Army air and missile defenses. Boeingís Plug and Fight Processing Units are the main computing assets that link together various Army weapons and sensor platforms with the Integrated Air and Missile…

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NASA announces advanced composite research partnership

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NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research &…

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Northrop Grumman completes safety of flight testing on Common Infrared Countermeasure System

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Northrop Grumman achieved another significant milestone on its Common Infrared Countermeasure program by completing safety of flight testing on prototype hardware. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system is a lightweight, low-cost, high-reliability laser-based countermeasure system. It is designed to integrate and operate with legacy and emerging missile warning systems for rotary wing, tilt-rotor and small fixed-wing…

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NASA awards follow-on custodial services contract for Kennedy

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NASA has awarded a contract to Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla., to provide custodial services to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The firm-fixed price contract begins Oct. 1. It has a maximum value of $30.4 million with a potential performance period of five years. Brevard Achievement Center will provide custodial services, including…

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Prison inmates learning aerospace work

Posted September 23, 2013 by Nicholas K. Geranios

Forget license plates. Some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center are training for jobs in the state’s huge aerospace industry. About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program that will make them certified aerospace composite technicians. Their goal is a post-prison chance to land jobs at companies like Boeing and its suppliers. ìThere…

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NASA selects operations, maintenance services for West Virginia site

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NASA has selected West Virginia University Research Corporation of Morgantown, W.Va., to provide operations and maintenance services at the agencyís Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va. The total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite -quantity contract is $40 million. The five-year performance period begins Sept. 30 and ends Sept. 29, 2018. WVURC will…

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