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Defense

RQ-4B soars past 10,000 flying hours

Posted March 11, 2015 by TSgt. Marie Brown

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Marie Brown Airmen from an RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft maintenance unit welcome an RQ-4B after a flight Mar. 8, 2015, in Southwest Asia, in which the aircraft surpassed 10,000 flying hours. The RQ-4B aircraft 2019, or A2019, was the first block 20 and first RQ-4B model to arrive here Oct….

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University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory
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Space

NASA announces small business industry awards

Posted March 11, 2015 by

University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory The touch screen of the Electronic Flight Bag allows pilots to easily use NASA’s Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests software. The winners of the 2014 Agency-Level NASA Small Business Industry Awards were announced March 10 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. D.C., during the spring 2015 NASA Industry Forum meeting,…

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Business

Raytheon awarded $122 million US Navy contract for Tomahawk Block IV missiles

Posted March 11, 2015 by

Raytheon has received a contract modification for $122,443,911 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0075) for the procurement of 114 Tomahawk Block IV All Up Round missiles for the U.S. Navy. This completes the Navy’s planned purchase of 214 Tomahawk Block IV missiles for fiscal year 2015 and continues to build the inventory to support…

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Business

Raytheon to expand Indianapolis facility, add 250 new jobs

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Raytheon announced March 9 that it will expand its Indianapolis, Ind., facility and add approximately 250 jobs to support its work in depot and modernization services. The facility, which already employs 1,000 people, also develops leading-edge soldier-worn computers, provides weapons system sustainment, supply chain management and systems engineering among other services to commercial and military…

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Pratt & Whitney announces price increase for PurePower engine

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Pratt & Whitney is raising list prices of its fuel-efficient PurePower Geared Turbofanô engine across the product line to reflect the significant value these engines are expected to provide customers following entry into service. The new pricing is scheduled to go into effect in 2015. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp….

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Business

General Dynamics to update MUOS Waveform for U.S. Army

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General Dynamics received a contract from the U.S. Army to support upgrades to the Mobile User Objective System waveform used in the Army’s AN/PRC-155 two-channel MUOS-Manpack radios. The waveform is the digital ‘dial-tone’ needed to connect with the U.S. Navy’s new MUOS satellite communications network that will provide U.S. military and government personnel smartphone-like voice…

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Boeing, Saab adapt air launched small bomb for ground launch

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Boeing and Saab have proven that Boeingís Small Diameter Bomb I, originally developed for use by aircraft, can be adapted for launch from a ground artillery system. The companies recently tested the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb, integrating the SDB I and M26 rocket motor technologies for the Multiple Launch Rocket System. The testing showed…

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NASA awards Mark IV, next generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract

Posted March 11, 2015 by

NASA has awarded the Mark IV and the Next Generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. This is a cost-no-fee completion-type contract, with a base value of $2,555,624 for the first year and four 1-year options totaling $11,888,458. The total value of the contract is $14,444,082. Under…

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Eglin responds to aircraft recovery

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One UH-60 Black Hawk with four aircrew and seven Marines assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., was involved in an incident near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., range site A-17, east of the Navarre Bridge. The helicopter was reported missing at about 8:30 p.m., EDT, March 10. Debris from the aircraft was located by a search…

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Materials Characterization Facility showcases new collaborative capabilities

Posted March 11, 2015 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory is ushering in the future of materials research with cutting-edge microscopes and AFRL’s first-ever virtual collaboration environment. In a March 6 open house, AFRL introduced its newly-updated, state-of-the-art Materials Characterization Facility.†In attendance were representatives from the Ohio State University’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, the Dayton Development Coalition, and…

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