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News Briefs – November 30, 2012

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Boeing engineers union likely to back mediation   The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace is likely to agree to mediated talks with Boeing, Reuter is reporting. Nov. 29, Boeing asked for U.S. mediators to resolve talks with the union in a bid to resolve the stand-off between the two parties. The SPEEA represents…

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Meads successfully intercepts air-breathing target at White Sands Missile Range

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test Nov. 29 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success. MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily…

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General Dynamics, Rafeal team to produce remote weapon stations

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General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., are offering the Samson line of Remote Weapons Stations to the U.S. military. These cost-effective and field-proven remote weapons stations allow a gunner to remain protected inside the vehicle while operating a weapon remotely. The larger variant…

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U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon to develop future Protected SATCOM System

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Raytheon has been was awarded a $8.7 million from the U.S. Air Force to participate in development of the future protected tactical military satellite communication system. The Air Force’s objective is to identify cost effective architectures and component development paths for the future SATCOM system that will follow the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system. Raytheon…

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Orbital Antares rocket cold flow test expected soon

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Orbital Sciences’ Antares space launch vehicle is being developed to carry cargo payloads to and from the International Space Station under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract. Its first stage is powered by two Aerojet AJ26-62 LOX/kerosene engines, and the second stage is an ATK Castor 30B. It will be test fired from the…

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AIAA partners with three aerospace organizations to offer continuing education courses

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AERO Institute, National Institute of Aerospace, and Ohio Aerospace Institute Partner with AIAA   The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has partnered with the AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif., the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va., and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, to expand its offerings of continuing education stand-alone courses for aerospace professionals….

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War contractor: Feds should pay lawsuit damages

Posted November 30, 2012 by Nigel Duara

An Iraq war contractor that lost an $85 million verdict to a group of sickened U.S. soldiers has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay the soldiers’ damages. In early November, 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers won the verdict against Kellogg Brown and Root, an engineering and construction firm that helped…

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U.S. Army orders additional General Dynamics’ two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios

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The U.S. Army recently awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, an additional production order valued at approximately $306 million for 3,726 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios. The two-channel PRC-155 radios, along with vehicle integration kits and related accessories, are part of the Army’s Capability Set 13 networking…

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Panetta honors vets at ‘Wall’ education center groundbreaking

Posted November 30, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

The education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Wall” will be a place to join the past to the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the center's groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 28.

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New Mojave Air/Space Port board director elected

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

A new director of the East Kern Airport District board, which operates the Mojave Air and Space Port, was elected Nov. 6. He is Allan L. Peterson, who has been president and CEO of the National Test Pilot School since June 2011. Peterson is a West Point graduate, with more than 3,500 flying hours on…

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