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Northrop Grumman delivers first communications payload for U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System

Posted February 25, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of two protected communications payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System that will provide continuous coverage in the north polar region for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical military communications. The extremely high frequency payload leverages protected communications technologies the company developed for the…

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News Briefs February 25, 2013

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Navy proposes drone base at Point Mugu About 700 personnel and their families would move to Point Mugu under a military proposal to make Naval Base Ventura County the West Coast home for a drone aircraft. The Ventura County Star reports the Navy is seeking public comment on its proposal to base four remotely-controlled Triton…

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Boeing acquires CPU Tech’s microprocessor business

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Boeing continued to address its global customers’ enduring need to protect war fighters from information-assurance attacks Feb. 22 by acquiring CPU Technology Inc.’s Acalis business. Acalis microprocessors contain unique hardware and software that can guard mission-critical onboard systems in Boeing platforms. “Acalis provides security-on-a-chip that can help defend the manned and unmanned aircraft we build…

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DARPA Experimental Aircraft Program to develop next generation of vertical flight

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One of the greatest challenges of the past half century for aerodynamics engineers has been how to increase the top speeds of aircraft that take off and land vertically without compromising the aircraft’s lift to power in hover or its efficiency during long-range flight. The versatility of helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing aircraft…

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Aerojet’s AJ26 engines ignite successful Antares(TM) stage test hot fire

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered today’s Antares(TM) Stage 1 Hot Fire test conducted by Orbital Sciences Corporation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia. The 29-second test enabled engineers to validate flight configuration checkout of the…

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Lawmakers seek end to draft registration

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Two lawmakers are waging a little-noticed campaign to abolish the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that manages draft registration. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., say the millions of dollars the agency spends each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft is a waste of money. They say…

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Air Force secretary discusses sequestration impacts at AFA

Posted February 25, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley delivers his keynote speech on the State of the Air Force during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium & Technology Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22, 2013. In his remarks, Donley talked about the service’s need to balance the size…

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MC-130J Commando II heads to Cannon AFB

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Feb, 22. Aircraft 5714 is the 15th of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command since initial contract award in 2008. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration,…

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POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Posted February 25, 2013 by Amber Baillie

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 21-22, 2013. A prisoner of war held in the “Hanoi Hilton” for five and a half years shared…

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Academy cadet’s research could save Air Force $4.9 billion

Posted February 25, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph by Don Branum Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Chris Kirk developed a method that would let the Air Force purchase Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles and extended range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles at significantly lower prices, saving more than $4 billion over five years. Kirk is a management major and native of…

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