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DARPA takes robots to disaster mitigation trials

Posted December 13, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Next week, 17 teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials Dec. 21-22 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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TAI delivers first center fuselage to Northrop Grumman under JSF/F-35 program

Posted December 13, 2013 by

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first F-35 Lightning II center fuselage to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a ceremony held at TAI’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 11, 2013. This is the first F-35 center fuselage manufactured by TAI as an international manufacturing partner to Northrop Grumman. The…

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Northrop Grumman reinvents satellite communications for aircraft

Posted December 13, 2013 by

In one year, Northrop Grumman took a satellite communications system normally used in space and transformed it into a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircraft.

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Headlines December 11, 2013

Posted December 11, 2013 by

News New budget deal still leaves big DOD funding gap Capitol Hill’s budget deal is good news for the Pentagon. But it is unlikely to eliminate the need to set in motion long-term money-saving measures such as reducing troop levels, delaying weapons programs and making controversial cuts to military pay and benefits. Lawmakers reach deal…

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Lockheed Martin JLTV completes successful manufacturing review

Posted December 11, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team successfully completed the government's Manufacturing Readiness Assessment, an important milestone on the path to vehicle production at the company's Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex.

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Space

NASA’s tracking, data relay satellite arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite is in a temporary home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida waiting to be attached to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will take it into Earth orbit, Jan. 23. The TDRS-L spacecraft arrived at Kennedy, Dec. 6. After being unloaded from a U.S….

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Raytheon, Chemring Group complete first live-fire test of CENTURION launcher

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Raytheon, acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group, acting through Chemring Countermeasures, successfully fired a Javelin missile from the multirole CENTURION® launcher during testing at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.

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AF announces additional force management programs to reduce force size

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs to meet budget…

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Orbital mates Cygnus to Antares rocket for upcoming ISS mission

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) operations team mated the Cygnus spacecraft to the Antares rocket that will launch it to the International Space Station Dec. 18.

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Raytheon Excalibur demonstrates unparalleled precision in live-fire testing from PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer

Posted December 11, 2013 by

The U.S. Army and Raytheon successfully fired 10 precision-guided Excalibur projectiles during the final phase of compatibility testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This live-fire demonstration, funded by the U.S., Germany and supported by Raytheon-funded initial testing, marked the completion of a multi-phase assessment that verified Excalibur’s compatibility and performance with the PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer….

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