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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

Posted November 16, 2012 by

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

Posted November 16, 2012 by

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Posted November 16, 2012 by Donna Cassata

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the “Department…

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Brewer attends Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group Meeting

Posted November 16, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer 412th Test Wing commander, attended the Nov. 8 meeting of the Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group Board of Directors. This was a usual 7:30 a.m. Civ-Mil meeting, at which the volunteer civic group discussed its service projects in support of the base military, dependents, and civilian personnel. President Danny Bazzell…

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NASA’s great observatories find candidate for most distant galaxy

Posted November 16, 2012 by

By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of…

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Business

Lockheed Martin acquires Chandler/May, Inc.

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 13 the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of fully integrated mission critical systems for unmanned aerial systems and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin’s…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to further develop high-concentration solar technology

Posted November 14, 2012 by

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program office of the Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne approximately $2.3 million to design and develop a 200-kilowatt high-concentration photovoltaic solar-power field on one acre at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The project is designed to demonstrate the high-performance and cost-effectiveness of…

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SAIC to deliver U.S. Army aviation crew member simulators

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 12 that it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to integrate, test, and deliver 11 additional integrated crew member simulators for CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters under the Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module program. The follow-on single-award task order…

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Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the U.S. Air Force

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Raytheon has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence program. Space Fence, a large, S-band radar to be based in Kwajalein atoll, will be capable of detecting more and much smaller objects in low Earth orbit to provide greater accuracy and timeliness to meet space situational awareness requirements. “Raytheon’s Space Fence solution…

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Lockheed Martin submits Space Fence radar proposal to U.S. Air Force

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin has submitted its final contract proposal to build Space Fence, an advanced ground-based radar system that will improve the way the U.S. Air Force identifies and tracks orbital objects. Space Fence will provide much-needed enhanced space situational awareness capabilities for the Air Force and allow the service to decommission the aging U.S.-based Air…

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