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GA-ASI advances sense, avoid capability with two new test flights

Posted November 21, 2014 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Nov. 20 announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid system development efforts. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell, GA-ASI tested a proof-of-concept SAA system,…

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NASA awards launch services contract for Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Posted November 21, 2014 by

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission. ICON is targeted to launch in June 2017 from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands aboard a Pegasus XL launch vehicle from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. The total…

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Northrop Grumman introduces Viper 2.1 laser

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman’s Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all directed infrared countermeasure systems. The Viper 2.1 is the latest in the family of Viper lasers designed specifically for DIRCM systems. After five years of funding, development and testing, the Viper 2.1…

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Air Force announces criteria for KC-46A Reserve basing

Posted November 21, 2014 by

After extensive internal review, the Air Force on Nov. 9, released the basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base. The KC-46As will begin arriving at the first Air Force Reserve-led global mobility wing in fiscal year 2019. The basing criteria under consideration include mission…

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Lockheed Martin announces new leadership appointments

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has announced the appointments of Patricia L. Lewis, 52, to senior vice president of Human Resources and Jennifer M. Whitlow, 42, to senior vice president of Communications. Lewis and Whitlow were also elected corporate officers. Both appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in developing and…

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NASA selects student teams for high-powered rocket challenge

Posted November 21, 2014 by

NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Student Launch Challenge engages students in a research-based, experiential exploration activity. Teams participating in the challenge must design, build and…

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General Dynamics partners with ST Kinetics on 40mm air burst ammo

Posted November 21, 2014 by

General Dynamics announced Nov. 19 that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, to manufacture 40mm Air Burst Ammunition for the U.S. military. Uniquely different from conventional ammunition, the 40mm airburst uses a programmable, time-based fuse technology that computes and programs the…

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Work looks to industry to maintain technology edge

Posted November 21, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

In remarks at the Defense One Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work stressed the importance of engaging industry, services and the Defense Business Board in maintaining the United States’ technological edge in coming years. Work noted the challenge of balancing resources and requirements against the landscape of what…

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Northrop Grumman elects corporate VP, CTO

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 20 that its board of directors has elected Patrick M. Antkowiak, corporate vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately. In this new role, Antkowiak will be responsible for developing and executing corporate technology strategy, setting technology plans and serving as primary interface with technology leaders in the customer community, with…

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Northrop Grumman awarded advanced technology microwave sounder JPSS

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $121 million contract by NASA to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System. ATMS provides critical atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles to support weather forecasting. The instrument has 22 channels spanning the frequency band from 23.8 GHz to 183.3 GHz. Under…

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