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ATK’s autonomous flight safety assembly makes first flight

Posted November 20, 2013 by

ATK propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies supported the Nov. 19 successful launch of an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I vehicle from Wallops Island, Va. The Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-3 mission marked the 11th launch of a Minotaur I vehicle. ORS-3 is the first of three flights planned to certify the integrated flight safety assembly for…

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Ball Aerospace-built STPSat-3 Satellite Launches from Wallops Island

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The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. STPSat-3 satellite built for the Department of Defense and part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission, successfully launched from Wallops Island, Va., on board a Minotaur I at 8:15 p.m., EST, Nov. 19. STPSat-3 joins its predecessor, the Ball-built STPSat-2, which launched in 2010 on the same date….

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

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Northrop Grumman photograph For the first time, both Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators participated in tests with a single aircraft carrier. While one remained onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the second conducted flight operations. The X-47Bs performed multiple precise touch-and-goes, arrested landings, catapults, and commanded and autonomous wave-offs in November 2013. The…

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AAR selected by Northrop Grumman to support Japan E-2C Hawkeye platform

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AAR has entered into an exclusive multimillion-dollar five-year agreement with Northrop Grumman to supply specific airframe parts and accessories for the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft operated by the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The contract will be managed by AARís Defense Systems and Logistics Distribution division, which will sell directly to Sumitomo Corporation, one of the…

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News Briefs November 18, 2013

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Ex-Fort Bragg pilot sentenced to 3 years in prison A former Fort Bragg, N.C., helicopter pilot has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing $1.3 million in military equipment during overseas deployments. U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker says 41-year-old Kurt Allen Bennett was sentenced Nov. 15 in Raleigh, N.C. Bennett pleaded guilty in…

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Javelin joint venture awarded $176 million for Javelin Weapon System

Posted November 18, 2013 by

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture received a $176 million contract for the production and delivery of 842 Block I Javelin missile rounds and 120 command launch units. The contract was awarded to the Javelin Joint Venture in September. The missiles will be provided through the U.S. government to the U.S. Army, U.S….

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DARPA focuses on technology for national security

Posted November 18, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Projects undertaken by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may have some immediate applications, but what program managers there really look to do is blow open new sets of opportunities from deep research, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said Nov. 14. Speaking to a large audience at the Defense One Summit and to viewers online, the…

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U-2 Program Office helps eliminate DCS

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Thanks to the U-2 Program Office at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Air Force pilots flying the “Dragon Lady” no longer experience decompression sickness during their high-altitude flights. Commonly referred to as DCS, decompression sickness is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissue following a sudden drop of air pressure….

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Boeing selects Bombardier Business Jet for maritime surveillance aircraft program

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Boeing has selected Bombardier’s Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program, which offers† the global market a capable, low-risk maritime surveillance system based on Boeingís proven P-8A mission system technology. “The Challenger 605 is an ideal platform to host MSA’s mission system, sensors and communications equipment,” Tim Peters, Boeing…

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NASA begins first Antarctic airborne campaign from McMurdo Station

Posted November 18, 2013 by

NASA’s Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency’s aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station. The P-3…

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