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Lockheed Martin solar ultraviolet imager installed on GOES-R weather satellite

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered a new solar analysis payload that will help scientists measure and forecast space weather, which can damage satellites, electrical grids and communications systems on Earth. The Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument was integrated with the first flight vehicle of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration√≠s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, known as…

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Lockheed Martin GMLRS alternative warhead logs successful flight test series, shifts to next testing phase

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Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the fifth and final Production Qualification Test for the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the long-range test, four rockets were fired from a HIMARS launcher and destroyed their respective targets approximately 65 kilometers away. The test is the final milestone…

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AFRL provides environmentally-preferred alternatives for removing radome coatings

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Radomes, tail cones, and other fiberglass or composite components on E-3, KC-135, and B-52 aircraft are coated with polyurethane rain erosion resistant coatings to protect them from the effects of rain erosion in flight. Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC) production workers must remove the coatings during depot overhaul to allow for inspection and repair….

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Acquisition community works to improve tradecraft

Posted April 18, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Everything the defense acquisition community is doing now is being done to improve its tradecraft, Katrina G. McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said April 16. McFarland made the comments at the National Defense Industrial Associations National Logistics Forum. Improving tradecraft is something DOD would want to do in the best of times,…

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Forecast International expects UAV market to rise strongly through next decade

Posted April 18, 2014 by

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sent unmanned aerial vehicle production to record heights, but with the last U.S. military troops in Afghanistan slated to depart the country this year, the Pentagon’s demand for unmanned air vehicles is slackening. However, while fewer UAVs are expected to roll off the production lines from 2014 to 2023,…

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NASA signs agreement with German, Canadian partners to test alternative fuels

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NASA photograph A heavily instrumented NASA HU-25 Falcon measures chemical components from the larger DC-8′s exhaust generated by a 50/50 mix of conventional jet fuel and a plant-derived biofuel, demonstrating the type of work that will be done during ACCESS II flights. NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center and the National…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

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Lockheed Martin photograph Engineers in the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA√≠s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, perform avionics testing on the Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first trip to space later this year. NASA’s Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft’s readiness for its first flight…

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45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V

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The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload. The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office. “I am proud of the persistence and focus of the…

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U.S. Air Force selects Cubic for Moroccan P5 air combat training system

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Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced April 11 it has been awarded a contract valued at more than $5 million from the U.S. Air Force to supply its P5 Combat Training System to the Moroccan Air Force. Morocco will join the United States Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, along with a…

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AFRL researchers uncover structural, function relationships in bioinspired nanomaterials

Posted April 18, 2014 by Tim Anderl

In his 1954 work, The Nature of Science, Edwin Powell Hubble said, “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” During his tenure with the Air Force Research Laboratory, National Research Council associate Dr. Nick Bedford, embarked on such an adventure that applied both biological and physical…

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