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MH-60 trainer is a first for U.S. Navy squadrons in Japan

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Navy photograph An MH-60 Tactical Operational Flight Trainer, similar to the one above, was delivered to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan on May 16. The reconfigurable device, the first-of-its-kind for the MH-60 community, will provide aircrew training for two types of helicopters. Once installation is complete, three squadrons will use the device for procedures, proficiency…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete successful CDR of EPS control, planning segment

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the critical design review for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment the week of April 28 and the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate exercised the program’s development option on April 30. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national…

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NASA partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing

Posted May 21, 2014 by

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office or ITPO at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has announced the signing of a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement between Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Ind., to collaborate on the development of braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subjected to complex loading conditions. Through this partnership Rolls-Royce will establish…

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Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by SSgt. E’Lysia Wray An unmanned QF-16 aircraft prepares to participate in a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraftís capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16ís were converted to remotely piloted aircraft…

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MEADS system gains full certification for identifying friend or foe aircraft

Posted May 21, 2014 by

The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews…

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Orion in final assembly at Kennedy Space Center

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft’s crew module. The heat shield installation marks one of the final steps in the spacecraft’s assembly leading up to its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), later this year. EFT-1 will provide engineers…

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DOD shows science, technology success despite hard year for workforce

Posted May 21, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Despite a year of workforce furloughs and dwindling budgets, the Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise reports advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, senior DOD officials told a Senate panel May 14, 2014. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of…

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Boeing 737 MAX surpasses 2,000 orders

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement May 20 on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the super-efficient single-aisle airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209 billion at list prices. The 737…

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Ball Aerospace completes final phase of DARPA MOIRE telescope program

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed thermal vacuum environmental tests on critical components for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation telescope. Two sections of the primary mirror composite back structure and the structure deployment hinges successfully underwent environmental tests to simulate the temperature range and vacuum of a space…

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U.S. wants to advance military relations with China despite hacking incident

Posted May 21, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

A day after the Justice Department charged five members of China’s military with hacking into computer networks of American companies, a Defense Department spokesman said the Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with Beijing. We still desire, from a military perspective, to further grow and develop the military-to-military relationship and to find ways to…

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