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NASA prepares to launch first mission to explore Martian atmosphere

Posted October 28, 2013 by

NASA photograph Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians perform a spin test of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft. The operation is designed to verify that MAVEN is properly balanced as it spins during the initial mission activities.  A NASA spacecraft that will examine…

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Despite budget crunch, JLTV purchase plans remain unchanged

Posted October 28, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.

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Boeing, Lockheed Martin team for U.S. Air Force bomber program

Posted October 28, 2013 by

Boeing and Lockheed Martin are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate. To this critical mission, the team brings together nearly two centuries of combined experience designing, developing and testing aircraft for defense customers around…

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Veterans

Public activities part of Doolittle Raiders’ weekend

Posted October 28, 2013 by Rob Bardua

When the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' make a final toast to their fallen comrades Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world can witness the historical moment.

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Headlines October 25, 2013

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Business: Raytheon profit falls 2.8 percent as company raises forecast – Raytheon said third quarter profit fell 2.8 percent amid U.S. budget cuts, while the world’s largest missile maker raised its full year earnings forecast on gains in international sales. Contractor earnings rise amid U.S. budget cuts, shutdown – The biggest U.S. defense contractors, led by Lockheed…

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Business

Customized integrated circuit deliveries bolster Advanced EHF communication payloads

Posted October 25, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Recent deliveries of application-specific integrated circuits are getting Northrop Grumman’s production of payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communication satellites off to a strong start. More than 800 ASICs delivered by Honeywell Aerospace in Plymouth, Minn., and BAE Systems of Arlington, Va., bolster…

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61st Airlift Squadron receives first C-130J Super Hercules

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 24. A crew from the squadron ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st AS, which has operated C-130s since 1956,…

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Celebrated pilot and Vietnam POW dies at 88

Posted October 25, 2013 by MSgt. Angelita Colón-Francia

Retired Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner, a celebrated Korean War jet fighter ace and Vietnam prisoner of war, died Oct. 22 at Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, Va.

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NASA partner SpaceX completes review of 2014 commercial crew abort test

Posted October 25, 2013 by

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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Headlines October 23, 2013

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Business: Lockheed protests Navy radar decision – Lockheed Martin, stung Oct. 10 by a Navy decision to award Raytheon the contract to develop and build a new radar that could be installed on generations of new missile ships, filed a protest Oct. 22 against the decision. U.S. Navy orders Raytheon to halt radar work after protest -…

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