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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

Posted April 1, 2015 by

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…

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DARPA uses open systems to boost airpower

Posted April 1, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform. The program, called System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation aims to…

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Boeing, Air India celebrate 20th 787 Dreamliner

Posted April 1, 2015 by

Boeing†and Air India rcently celebrated the airline’s milestone delivery of its 20th 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s final assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C. “Taking delivery of our 20th 787 Dreamliner marks an important day for Air India,” said Rohit Nandan, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India. “With this airplane we are building on the success…

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News Briefs March 25, 2015

Posted March 25, 2015 by

Pentagon notifying U.S. troops named by alleged IS hackers The Pentagon said March 23 it is notifying 100 U.S. military members that their names and addresses were posted on the Internet by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division. The group said it was posting the information, including photos of the individuals, to…

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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Posted March 25, 2015 by

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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Northrop to provide DIRCM for Canadian Chinook fleet

Posted March 25, 2015 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Canadian Air Force to provide infrared missile protection on its fleet of CH-147F Chinooks. “Battle-tested in the harshest conditions and in use around the world, Northrop Grumman’s infrared countermeasure systems have been protecting warfighters for more than 50 years,” said Carl Smith, vice president, infrared countermeasures, Northrop…

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UTC Aerospace awarded contract for surface ship sonar domes

Posted March 25, 2015 by

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane, Indiana, to provide sonar domes for surface combat ships. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is valued at up to $39 million and covers deliveries through 2020 to the U.S. Navy and foreign military sales. In addition to the…

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General Dynamics-built digital modular radios connect with Army Manpack radio

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The General Dynamics Mission Systems-built four-channel Digital Modular Radios successfully completed a Mobile User Objective System satellite communications test at the General Dynamics MUOS test facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. Using the MUOS satellite communications and ground station simulators, the DMR radio successfully completed voice calls and data transmission to and from the DMR to an…

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted March 25, 2015 by

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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F-35 aircraft costs drop, report shows

Posted March 25, 2015 by Terri Moon

A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable March 24. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, citing this year’s selected acquisition report on the aircraft, called the roundtable to clarify cost and performance facts in the latest…

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