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NAWCWD’s Maverick team reduces ordnance repair time, cost

Posted May 7, 2014 by

The Maverick Missile team at NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., teamed with Naval Air Systems Command to create two new processes to preserve the Maverick Air-to-Ground Missile 65-E and save money by keeping it operational in the fleet.

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Propulsion module for Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS GEO-4 satellite completed

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Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion module for the fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4) space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test.

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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted May 7, 2014 by

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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NASA simulator successfully recreates space dust

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Image courtesy of NASA/Ames/Farid Salama Scanning Electron Microscope image of a large (approximately 1.5 micrometer diameter) aggregate of nanograins produced in the Cosmic Simulation Chamber at NASA’s Ames Research Center, using a 95 percent Ar – 5 percent C2H2 gas mixture. The nanograins and aggregates are deposited onto ultra-high vacuum aluminum foil. A team of…

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First Iraqi F-16 completes first flight

Posted May 7, 2014 by Liz Kaszynski

  Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight of the inaugural F-16 Fighting Falcon for the Iraq Air Force. The jet is the first of 36 F-16 Block 52 aircraft on order through the U.S. Department of Defense for Iraq. With more than 4,540 F-16s delivered to date, the Foreign Military Sale to Iraq…

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Headlines May 5, 2014

Posted May 5, 2014 by

News: DOD personnel costs could force program cuts – The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.   Business: With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes – A series…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo electromagnetic interference tests

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In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

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Raytheon, U.S. Army certify TALON laser-guided rocket on Apache helicopter

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Raytheon and the U.S. Army have completed the certification process for air worthiness release of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on the Apache AH-64D/E Attack helicopter. The AWR certification provides for potential operational employment of the TALON weapon system on U.S. Army Apaches and Apaches in international fleets. The TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active…

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MUOS gives Navy first reliable military satellite connection in Arctic

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Analysis of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites during the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Ice Exercise shows they provided nearly 150 hours of secure data connections. This was the first time military users could transfer large megabyte data files over stable satellite connections in the arctic. Working atop a floating ice camp above the Arctic Circle,…

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Australian air force makes home at Luke AFB

Posted May 5, 2014 by SSgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke’s first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II. The 61st Fighter Squadron and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will house the RAAF personnel. The goal is to build a cohesive,…

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