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ATK offers solid solution to U.S. Air Force’s RD-180 replacement request

Posted September 24, 2014 by

ATK has provided the U.S. Air Force an American-made commercial solid rocket solution as a replacement for the RD-180 Russian-made, first-stage engine of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle. “ATK’s solid rocket propulsion solution provides a cost-effective, reliable solution based on advanced technology,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK’s Aerospace Group. “I am confident…

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Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar completes design reviews, prepares for delivery

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Demonstrating the maturity of its active electronically scanned array radar technologies, Northrop Grumman has successfully concluded all engineering and manufacturing development design reviews for the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar in just 12 months. Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 SABR is a direct replacement for legacy F-16 radars and includes fifth-generation radar capabilities, the largest synthetic aperture…

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VA updates disability claims application

Posted September 24, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 24 that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and…

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SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

Posted September 24, 2014 by Christopher Sherman

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Sept 22. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes…

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Republic Of Korea approves procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35A

Posted September 24, 2014 by

The Republic of Korea finalized its formal selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program, announcing its intent to sign the Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the U.S. and Korean governments for 40†F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing variant jets with initial deliveries beginning in 2018. “We…

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USS Coronado performs live-fire test of Norwegian strike missile

Posted September 24, 2014 by

The crew of littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully performed a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California, Sept. 23. During the test, the Norwegian-made Kongsberg NSM was launched from the deck of Coronado and scored a direct hit on its intended…

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Boeing to design hosted payload for scientific measurement

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Boeing will investigate hosting a scientific payload on a commercial satellite under a new six-month contract awarded by the Air Forceís Space and Missiles Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The TEMPO or Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution payload will measure atmospheric pollution for most of North America and would launch and…

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News Briefs September 22, 2014

Posted September 22, 2014 by

U.S. general: Arab nations needed in Iraq, Syria The top U.S. military officer says Arab countries need to take a more direct role in the U.S. military mission in Iraq before it can be credible and sustainable. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sept. 21 that President Barack Obama…

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NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around red planet

Posted September 22, 2014 by

NASA image This animation depicts NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m., EDT, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to…

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NASA launches new citizen science website

Posted September 22, 2014 by

Opens challenge to participate in future Mars missions NASA announced Sept. 20 the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York. NASA is committed to engaging the public, and specifically the maker community through innovative activities like…

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