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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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Business

Northrop Grumman demonstrates electronic attack capability on Group III unmanned aircraft

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has integrated and employed an internal miniature electronic attack payload on the Bat unmanned aircraft, marking the first time that such a system was used in operation on a Group III (small, tactical) unmanned aircraft system.

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Tech

NASA, Boeing finish tests of 757 vertical tail with advanced technology

Posted November 15, 2013 by

NASA's Ames Research Center and NASA's Langley Research Center, in partnership with Boeing, have completed wind tunnel testing of a full-scale Boeing 757 vertical tail model equipped with active flow control technology.

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Veterans

Candy Bomber drops in 65 years after Berlin Airlift

Posted November 15, 2013 by SSgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla

It was 1948, World War II was over and the Cold War had begun. For many German families, living conditions were tough and food was scarce. But for the children of Berlin, there was a glimmer of hope, and it came from the sky.

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Headlines November 13, 2013

Posted November 13, 2013 by

News: U.S. carrier group to arrive in Philippines - The USS George Washington arrives Nov. 13 in the typhoon-hit central Philippines to help bring aid to many remain who remain desperate for food and other basic necessities.   Business: Jay Inslee signs Boeing incentive bills - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval Nov. 11 to a…

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Business

Prioria Robotics receives $4.5 million contract from U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force

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Prioria Robotics, Inc., developers of the tactical Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems has been awarded several contracts totaling $4.5 million by the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force.

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Business

Pratt & Whitney, IHI sign contract for Japan F135 engines, industrial participation

Posted November 13, 2013 by

IHI Corporation has signed a contract with Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, to qualify components for the Japanese fleet of F135 engines that power the 5th generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. Pratt & Whitney and IHI are also working on a series of industrial participation stand-up contracts for additional F135…

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Business

Raytheon to expand Mississippi radar factory, add more than 150 new high-skill jobs

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Raytheon plans to increase the size of its Forest, Miss., manufacturing facility by more than 20,000 square feet and hire more than 150 new workers, Raytheon and state officials announced today. “Forest will be expanded to support anticipated growth in airborne radar and electronic warfare markets,” said Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems President Rick Yuse…

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Business

Northrop Grumman joins Radiance Technologies team for the ATEP II competition

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 12 that it has joined the Radiance Technologies team competing for the U.S. Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II contract. The objective of ATEP II is to provide contract services to support the NASIC mission in geospatial intelligence and non-nuclear measurement and signature intelligence….

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Defense

Ford christening connects president to Navy roots

Posted November 13, 2013 by

With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

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