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U.S. Army selects ViaSat to supply Link 16 small tactical terminals for Apache helicopters

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The U.S. Army is adding its AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet to the Link 16 network. Following successful flight tests, the Army has decided to pursue a sole source solicitation of ViaSat Inc. for the Small Tactical Terminal KOR-24A to satisfy its requirement for an Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal. The STT…

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NASA tests limits of 3-D printing with powerful rocket engine check

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The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware. Innovations like additive manufacturing, or…

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Northrop Grumman Australia agrees to acquire Qantas Group’s defense services business

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Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has signed a definitive agreement with Qantas Airways Limited to acquire Australia-based Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited. QDS provides integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support to Australian government and military customers. The acquisition is subject to various conditions and is expected to close in 2014….

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Defense satellite launched from Vandenberg may be final KH-11

Posted August 31, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

On Aug. 28 the 4th Space Launch Squadron and United Launch Alliance successfully lofted a classified satellite payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office atop a Delta IV-Heavy, the largest rocket currently available in the U.S. inventory.

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NASA data reveals mega-canyon under Greenland ice sheet

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Data from a NASA airborne science mission reveals evidence of a large and previously unknown canyon hidden under a mile of Greenland ice. The canyon has the characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon. In some places, it is as deep as…

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VA announces big expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’

Posted August 31, 2013 by Karen Parrish

As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced Aug. 29 that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program. Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told reporters during a…

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Advanced Super Hornet demonstrates significant stealth, range improvements

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Boeing photograph An F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet prototype with conformal fuel tanks designed and built by Northrop Grumman completed its first flight earlier this month.   During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that…

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NASA helicopter test a smash hit

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Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., dropped an old Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with 15 dummy occupants from a height of about 30 feet Wednesday to test improved seats and seatbelts and gather data on the odds of surviving a helicopter crash. They used cables to hoist the helicopter fuselage with…

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Virgin Galactic to host career fair

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Virgin Galactic, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, are hosting a career fair Sept. 7 in Mojave, Calif., and online to expand their best-in-class teams. More than 100 positions are available for innovative engineers, procurement gurus, superstar composite technicians and more, offering a truly out-of-this-world career with history-making opportunities. Open…

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Northrop Grumman taps Brian E. Chappel to lead the F-35 Lightning II program

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Brian E. Chappel has been appointed vice president and program manager for the Northrop Grumman F-35 Lightning II program. Northrop Grumman is principal partner to Lockheed Martin on the F-35.

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