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U.S. Army awards AeroVironment $36.7 million in new orders for switchblade tactical missile systems

Posted September 9, 2013 by

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2013 ñ AeroVironment, Inc. announced Sept. 9 it has received orders valued at $36,746,304 under a contract for Switchbladeô tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support. The United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Program Executive Office Missiles and Space awarded these contract modifications. †AeroVironment and its strategic teammate for advanced…

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News Briefs September 4, 2013

Posted September 4, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,133 As of Sept. 3, 2013, at least 2,133 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,770 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lockheed Martin’s paveway II dual mode laser guided bomb successfully employed in Navy exercises

Posted September 4, 2013 by timchisham

Lockheed Martin’s paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb was successfully employed in recent U.S. Navy Tactics Development exercises at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev. During four missions over a two-day period, F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets released 36 GBU-12F/B bombs fitted with recently upgraded paveway II DMLGB guidance…

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NAVAIR professionals team with NASA, FAA and Army in helicopter crash test

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NASA photograph A CH-46 Sea Knight fuselage hits the ground during a 30-mile-per-hour free fall at NASA Langley Research Center, Va., Aug. 28 during a joint crashworthiness test. The Naval Air Systems Command, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Army teamed up to study helicopter crash survivability. Engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center…

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Boeing tanker remains on schedule with start of second refueling boom Assembly

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Boeing workers in Seattle took another step toward delivering next-generation aerial refueling capability to the U.S. Air Force Sept. 3 when they began assembling the second refueling boom for the KC-46A Tanker program. Based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom and hose and drogue systems, making it…

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Air Force, Boeing finalize KC-46A tanker design

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Salanitri Maj. Damen Forte (right), who’s been aircrew on the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III, is at the controls to the Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46, with Greg Bulkley, chief technical pilot for Boeing’s KC-46. The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design…

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Boeing to build 56 additional A-10 wings for U.S. Air Force

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Boeing will continue improving U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II mission readiness, and decreasing maintenance costs, through a follow-on order for 56 replacement wings for that aircraft. Boeing is on contract to build up to 242 wings, including these, at its plant in Macon, Ga. Refitting the fleet with new wings will improve the mission…

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NASA selects 11 space radiobiology research proposals

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NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 11 ground-based research proposals using beams of high-energy, heavy ions to simulate space radiation to better understand the risks this radiation poses to humans. The proposals were in response to the research announcement, “Ground-Based Studies in Space Radiobiology.” The selected proposals are from 11 institutions in eight states, which…

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Recent activities in commercial spaceflight

Posted September 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Commercial space flight firms have been active in the past weeks. Lease of NASAís pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., is now a two firm competition; Orbital Sciences has a firm launch date for bringing cargo up to the International Space Station; SpaceX continues its plans for a Texas launch site; Virgin Galactic announced more…

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Virgin Galactic to host career fair

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Virgin Galactic, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, are hosting a career fair Sept. 7 in Mojave, Calif., and online to expand their best-in-class teams. More than 100 positions are available for innovative engineers, procurement gurus, superstar composite technicians and more, offering a truly out-of-this-world career with history-making opportunities. Open…

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