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Lockheed Martin receives $60 million support contract for U.K. Apache targeting, pilotage system

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has received a $60 million sustainment and support contract from AgustaWestland for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system on the United Kingdom’s Apache AH Mk-1 aircraft.  The contract includes in-country repairs, spares and technical services, as well as integrated logistics, engineering and depot repair support. The effort is…

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Defense

Local improvement projects culminate in new fuel metering station on Edwards

Posted February 7, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

While T-38s took to the Edwards skies, down on the ground a group of contractors, base civil engineers and members of the Defense Logistics Agency officially opened up the new Kinder Morgan Metering Station Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 22.

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New AC-130J completes first test flight

Posted February 7, 2014 by Samuel King Jr.

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a gunship at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31.

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Space

National Space Club honors Kepler’s planet hunters

Posted February 7, 2014 by

NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club’s preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in…

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Human-robot teams key to disaster response

Posted February 7, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

In the future, when an earthquake or tsunami strikes a populated area or a terrorist attack decimates a city, teams of disaster experts partnered with robots - whose skills are being honed in rigorous competitions funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - may be the first responders.

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Veterans

DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 7, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image Management Solution electronic…

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Headlines – February 5, 2014

Posted February 5, 2014 by

News: HASC Race: Thornberry has edge in helping GOP candidates – One candidate to take the U.S. House Armed Services Committee gavel next year has donated vastly more to GOP political candidates than his rivals, and sources say that gives him a major edge. Lawmaker tries to block transfer of Guard Apaches, personnel cuts – In what…

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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

Posted February 5, 2014 by

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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Dryden’s DROID demonstrates autonomous UAS-to-UAS air tow

Posted February 5, 2014 by Peter Merlin

Engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center chalked up another first for the center recently when they flew a scale-model sailplane that was towed aloft by one of NASA's small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drones - DROID for short.

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Business

Northrop Grumman to demonstrate faster, simpler way to replace obsolete parts for B-2

Posted February 5, 2014 by

PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force will get its first look at a faster, more affordable way to replace obsolete avionics on the B-2 stealth bomber under a contract awarded last August to Northrop Grumman. Under the 43-month, $43.5 million award, the company will produce a functional replacement for a B-2 avionics box called…

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