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Boeing Winnipeg announces site expansion, 737 MAX work

Posted April 24, 2013 by

Boeing Canada Winnipeg announced April 23 plans to increase its Murray Park Road manufacturing site by more than 22 percent, primarily to house new composites work for Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane. The building will be expanded by 14,000 square meters (150,000 square feet) to a total of 62,000 square meters (665,000 square feet) of manufacturing…

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Congressman joins Quallion for grand opening of U.S. government funded lithium ion battery materials factory in California

Posted April 24, 2013 by

Quallion, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium ion battery systems, announced April 22 the opening of its factory which produces lithium-ion materials for US Government satellites in Santa Clarita, Calif. Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., and Department of Defense official, Mark Buffler spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize this significant…

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Northrop Grumman-developed multifunction advanced data link achieves successful flight test milestone for F-35 program

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The Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman was successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program flight test, validating an eight-year development effort to advance communication among fifth-generation aircraft. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link. It allows coordinated tactics and engagement to bring significant operational advantages…

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NASA announces 2012 small business industry awards

Posted April 24, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden April 23 recognized three companies as winners of the agency’s 2012 Small Business Industry Awards. The Small Business Industry Award Program highlights a large business prime contractor, a small business prime contractor and a small business subcontractor for outstanding support to NASA in achieving the agency’s mission during the fiscal year….

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted April 24, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted April 24, 2013 by Joan Lowy

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Space station communications test bed checks out; experiments begin

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NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station. The SCaN test bed is an advanced, integrated communications laboratory facility that uses a new generation of software-defined radio technology to allow researchers to develop, test and demonstrate advanced communications, networking and navigation technologies…

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Headlines April 22, 2013

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Business U.S. defense shares soar as investors ignore predictions of contraction Automatic federal budget cuts were supposed to shake the fortunes of Pentagon contractors, with a leading industry lobbyist predicting an “unemployment Armageddon” for defense workers. Dreamliner: Boeing starts replacing 787 batteries Boeing has started replacing batteries on some of its grounded 787 Dreamliner fleet,…

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Raytheon awarded $81.7 million production contract for Miniature Air Launched Decoy – Jammer units

Posted April 22, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a firm-fixed-price $81.7 million option for Lot 6 on the Lot 5 contract for the production and delivery of 202 MALD®-J jammers and containers. The contract also includes a 10-year warranty. The contract was awarded in Raytheon’s first quarter of 2013. “MALD-J adds a jamming capability to the current…

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Aerojet’s dual AJ26 engines launch historic Antares test flight

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 21 that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s he two Aerojet AJ26 engines, which form the Antares rocket’s first-stage main engine system, burned for 233 seconds and provided 816,000 pounds of vacuum thrust as it powered Antares from the launch…

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