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First contracted SpaceX resupply mission launches with NASA cargo to ISS

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A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Falcon 9 rocket carrying its Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:35 p.m., EDT, Oct. 7, beginning NASA’s first contracted cargo delivery flight, designated SpaceX CRS-1, to the International Space Station. Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, SpaceX will fly at least 12…

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United Kingdom threatens to veto BAE-EADS merger

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The French and German governments must reduce their stakes in defense company EADS NV for the United Kingdom to allow a proposed merger with BAE Systems PLC to go ahead, Britain’s defense secretary warned Oct. 7. Philip Hammond said Britain would veto the mega-merger of the aeronautics and defense companies if this requirement wasn’t satisfied….

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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

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Northrop Grumman, DARPA and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving the DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft. The flights, which used two NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft – one configured as a tanker and the other…

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F-15 test force celebrates 10 years of Eagle improvements

Posted October 9, 2012 by Samuel King

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Steve Coleman, F-15E crew chief, completes last minute checks underneath the plane prior to it taxiing out from Eglin Air Force BaseĆ­s flightline, Jan. 18. The Strike Eagle flew the first ever sortie with the new APG-82 radar. The new radar replaces the 24-year-old APG-70 radar system. On…

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Northrop Grumman’s electronic support measures system for the P-8A Poseidon receives official nomenclature

Posted October 5, 2012 by

The Northrop Grumman Electronic Support Measures system for the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft has officially been designated the AN/ALQ-240(V)1. Assigning nomenclature is an important discriminator that indicates the system is unique from existing systems in the U.S. inventory. “The awarding of the official nomenclature to our ESM system for the P-8A is significant for…

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NASA’s TechEdSat launches from International Space Station

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NASA engineers, student interns and amateur radio enthusiasts around the world are listening for signals from a small, cube-shaped satellite launched into orbit from the International Space Station Thursday. The satellite, dubbed “TechEdSat,” was released at 11:44 a.m., EDT, Oct. 4 from the new Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer aboard the space station. TechEdSat measures…

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NATO extends Rasmussen’s term as secretary general

Posted October 5, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

The North Atlantic Council has extended Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s four-year term as NATO secretary general for another year, until July 31, 2014, the council announced Oct. 3. Allies will support Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his dedicated work to carry forward NATO’s tasks, missions and objectives, based on consensual allied decisions, a written statement…

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Smartphones to steer unmanned rotorcraft on the battlefield

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The Office of Naval Research awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System program. The system…

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Boeing modernizes GPS network with third GPS IIF satellite

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The Global Positioning System, which military, commercial, and civilian users rely on for accurate navigation, is becoming more capable with deployment of the third Boeing GPS IIF for the U.S. Air Force. The IIF model is the most advanced GPS satellite to date. SVN-65 is on orbit and performing as expected following liftoff at 8:10…

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ATK awarded full-rate production contract for AARGM

Posted October 3, 2012 by

ATK has been awarded a $71 million contract for the full-rate production of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Navy, provides for the production of operational missiles for the Navy and the Government of Italy, as well as training missile systems for the Navy, and all related supplies and services…

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