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

Posted June 5, 2013 by

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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Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Posted June 5, 2013 by Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort

Photograph courtesy of iRobot The iRobot Warrior, using a tool on the end of its arm, is able to grab, lift and carry heavy items. The arm can lift up to 350 pounds and the Warrior can carry a payload of up to 150 pounds. A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $31 million to continue supporting airborne mission computers

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $31.5 million contract for the performance-based logistics support of the Advanced Mission Computers in the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier aircrafts. This is the second five-year performance-based logistics contract that General Dynamics has won with the Naval Supply Systems Command. General Dynamics Advanced…

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NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

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New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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World

NATO defense ministers set post-2014 Afghanistan mission

Posted June 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

NATO defense ministerial meetings June 4 and 5helped to cement the allianceís commitment to a ìtrain, advise and assistî mission that will begin after the International Security Assistance Force disbands at the end of 2014, NATOís senior civilian leader said June 5. The end of 2014 will mark the end of our combat mission, but…

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DOD announces research equipment awards

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The Department of Defense June 3 announced awards to 140 university researchers at 77 academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation and equipment. The awards total $38.7 million and are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state of the art…

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DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Air Force with new Minuteman III transporter erector vehicle

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DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, has received a $25 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for the design, development and delivery of two Transporter Erector Replacement Vehicles to support the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Minuteman III fleet. If all options are exercised by the Air Force, the total program value for up to 26…

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Veterans

VA hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal

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Expands access to care, outreach efforts, directs nationwide community mental health summits The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 3 that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamaís Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military…

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NASA partners with LEGO Group for design, build contest

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NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft. The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition opens Wednesday with an entry deadline…

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Rocket launch postponed from Wallops Flight Facility In Virginia

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The launch tonight [June 5] of a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va., has been postponed. The mission was postponed due to insufficient time to cool the instruments on the payload down to the required temperatures before launch. The launch is now scheduled between 11 and 11:59 p.m., June 5.†…

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