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Industry partnerships key to mobility strategy, official says

Posted October 26, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department’s partnerships with industry, particularly in the mobile realm, are essential to its future success, the department’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure said Oct. 24. “I think that’s what’s going to make or break us in the future,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler…

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Business

TransDigm to acquire Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems

Posted October 26, 2012 by

TransDigm Group Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement with United Technologies Corporation to acquire the pump & engine control systems business of Goodrich (Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, for approximately $236 million in cash. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close late in the current…

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Space

NASA spacecraft sees huge burp at Saturn after large storm

Posted October 26, 2012 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet’s upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated, in addition to an indication the storm was more forceful than scientists previously thought. Data from Cassini’s composite infrared spectrometer instrument revealed the…

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DOD official encourages private-sector technology innovation

Posted October 26, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department has stepped up efforts to encourage private-sector innovation and its adaptation into the federal government, a senior Pentagon official said Oct. 24. John R. Mills, DOD chief information officer special assistant for cybersecurity, described the department’s outreach strategy in a panel discussion during a Security Innovation Network workshop. “Our objective is to…

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Business

Pratt and Whitney completes first PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus A320neo family of aircraft

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of its first engine to test for its PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine – the first engine to power the Airbus A320neo aircraft. Company leadership, Airbus, MTU, JAEC and employees celebrated the program milestone with a Last Bolt Ceremony at Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach facility Oct. 26, where the…

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Space

Air Force awards Lockheed Martin initial contract for next set of missile warning satellites

Posted October 26, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin an $82 million contract to begin initial work on the fifth and sixth geosynchronous satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and associated ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers…

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Events

NASA invites 80 social media followers to next Landsat launch

Posted October 26, 2012 by

NASA will invite 80 of the agency’s social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Feb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., for the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks….

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Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size, sequestration

Posted October 26, 2012 by David Smalley, Office of Naval Research

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22. Ferguson highlighted the importance of innovative S&T programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for the…

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Business

Boeing projects $820 billion market for 7,290 new airplanes in North America

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,290 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $820 billion. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,650 airplanes today to about 8,830 airplanes by 2031. “The North American commercial aviation market…

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Tech

Lockheed Martin ATC develops revolutionary nanotechnology copper solder

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Scientists in the Advanced Materials and Nanosystems directorate at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., have developed a revolutionary nanotechnology copper-based electrical interconnect material, or solder, that can be processed around 200 degrees Celsius. Once fully optimized, the CuantumFuse(tm) solder material is expected to produce joints with up to…

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