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Astro Aerospace delivers antennas for Next-Generation GPS III satellites 3 through 6

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System, Northrop Grumman's Astro Aerospace has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

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Defense

First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke AFB

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Escorted by two F-16 fighting Falcons, Luke Air Force Base's first F-35 Lightning II arrived at the Arizona base a little after 11 a.m. March 10, from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted March 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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NASA names David W. Miller as agency’s new chief technologist

Posted March 14, 2014 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced March 13 that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist.

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First Boeing Built Inmarsat-5 satellite successfully completes on-orbit testing

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Boeing’s first of four satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, has passed all of its on-orbit testing and has now been handed over to Inmarsat. “This is an important milestone for Global Xpress,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat. “The testing of the Boeing built platform and payload has been completed and shown to meet…

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Tech

NASA’s Operation IceBridge begins new Arctic campaign

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Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

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Lockheed Martin receives $255 million U.S. Army contract for Guided MLRS rocket production

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin received a $255 million contract in late 2013 from the U.S. Army for Lot 9 production of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket.The new allotment of rockets will be delivered to the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Republic of Italy.  Delivery will begin in April 2015. Work will be performed…

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Study assesses physical demands for combat arms

Posted March 14, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

In full gear, Sgt. Shawanna Washington moved ammunition, loaded mortar rounds into a gun tube, moved agilely as if under enemy fire, and completed other physically demanding tasks of a Soldier on the battlefield.

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Northrop Grumman begins integrating antennas for fourth Advanced EHF communications payload

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Two downlink antennas that are the fastest of their kind to operate in space are being integrated into the protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The company delivered the Super High Frequency Array Unit (SAU), as the antennas are called, in early March to AEHF system…

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Lockheed Martin researchers achieve breakthrough in robotics for space exploration

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In a breakthrough that will help make it possible for astronauts and robots to work together in deep space, researchers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, working with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have demonstrated coordinated control of robots in space by astronauts in space and operators on the ground. The breakthrough…

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