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Preparing for Antarctic flights in California desert

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NASA photograph by John Sonntag The constellation Ursa Major looms over a GPS-equipped survey vehicle and a ground station to its left at El Mirage Dry Lake. By comparing elevation readings from both GPS sources, researchers can build an elevation map to precisely calibrate the laser altimeter for ice thickness measurements. At first glance, a…

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Northrop Grumman awarded Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS GEO-5, GEO-6 satellite payloads

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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $422 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce sensor payloads on the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6. The U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS provides the nation with continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence. “Northrop…

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Events

Wreaths Across America again coming to Lancaster

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Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds With help from Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery and the local community our goal is to provide 800 wreaths to adorn every veteran’s grave and every Gold Star mother and father’s grave at Lancaster Cemetery. The Lancaster Cemetery District Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery have…

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VMX-22 gets hands on with F-35 Lightning II

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Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 prepares to touch down aboard Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. This is the squadronís first F-35 Lightning II. Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel A F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and…

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Business

Boeing delivers maritime signals intelligence system ahead of schedule

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Boeing has delivered the first system in the U.S. Navyís latest order of the Shipís Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F program ahead of schedule.’ This early delivery gives the Navy time for additional testing that supports future integration of new system features and software releases. Boeing anticipates delivering all systems in the current order on…

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News Briefs October 13, 2014

Posted October 13, 2014 by

U.S. says Turkey OKs use of bases against militants American defense officials say Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, The Obama administration has pressed Turkey for a larger role against…

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High definition Lockheed Martin sensor focuses on flexibility

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Lockheed Martin has developed a new high definition 15-inch sensor system called INFIRNO. The sensor systemís modular components can be removed and replaced in the field to meet changing mission requirements and reduce operation and maintenance costs. INFIRNO is a turret-mounted system with high performing optical sensors that enable users to identify, track and engage…

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Seventh Boeing GPS IIF satellite completes checkout, begins service

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ The recently launched Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is providing greater accuracy and capability to the constellation relied upon by the U.S. military and global users. Launched Aug. 1, GPS IIF-7 is the seventh of 12 Boeing GPS IIF satellites now in service and meeting…

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Lockheed Martin receives $90 Million Contract for Qatar Apache targeting, pilotage systems

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Lockheed Martin has received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement and…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Krystal Jeffers
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BMT trainees complete last run on closing obstacle course

Posted October 13, 2014 by SrA. Krystal Jeffers

Air Force photograph by SrA. Krystal Jeffers Basic military trainees swing around a bar as part of the basic military training obstacle course Sept. 24, 2014, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The obstacle course was approximately 1.5 miles long depending on what 14 obstacles were open. The course was permanently closed the same day…

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