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Improvements to Army’s new 5.56mm production lines help save government more than $20 million

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Courtesy photograph M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo. PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Program Executive Office for Ammunition’s Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program’s purchasing strategies….

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AeroVironment unveils four-ounce pocket DDL secure video, data receiver

Posted October 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. has unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ secure digital video and data receiver.  The four-ounce device enables remote viewing of video and data from AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems as well as from helicopters, airplanes, other unmanned aircraft and ground robots equipped with the company’s Digital Data Link. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of DDL-enabled…

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Raytheon test fires enhanced Marine Corps anti-tank weapon system

Posted October 23, 2013 by

  Raytheon has successfully completed an initial round of live-fire testing with a new U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank weapon system. The upgraded, highly mobile, anti-armor LAV-AT weapon system is designed to protect reconnaissance and light infantry. Its mission is to defeat threats at long-range, day or night, and in all weather conditions….

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Space

NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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GA-ASI’s improved Gray Eagle flies more than 45 hours non-stop

Posted October 23, 2013 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 22 the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle® aircraft. IGE.

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Space

NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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Boeing begins assembling third KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Boeing is assembling a third KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett, Wash., factory, keeping the program on schedule to complete production of four test aircraft by the third quarter of 2014. “In addition to the three KC-46A tankers now in production, our System Integration…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Dassault Aviation to provide four systems for Falcon 5X

Posted October 23, 2013 by

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Dassault Aviation to supply the Ram Air Turbine System, the SmartProbe® Air Data System, the Fire Protection System and the Throttle Control Unit for its latest Falcon 5X Business Jet. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will provide the systems through its Electric Systems business…

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Upgrades boost ballistic missile defense radar’s performance to protect against missile raid

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Ballistic missile raids – large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons – may soon have a tougher time penetrating allied air defenses. Raytheon has started upgrading the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar’s signal and data processing equipment) to enable the “brains” of the radar to more quickly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats and enhance radar…

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS, ends demonstration mission for NASA

Posted October 23, 2013 by

A cargo resupply demonstration mission by Orbital Sciences Corp. drew to a close Oct. 22 as Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station detached and released the Dulles, Va., company’s Cygnus spacecraft from the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days. The spacecraft delivered about…

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