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SAE International symposium focuses on all aspects of composites

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The performance of composites makes them attractive in a variety of applications. However, composites have historically not been a very cost competitive option to metals due to several factors – primarily very expensive materials and labor intensive manufacturing methods. As more automated manufacturing methods for composite components are beginning to be developed, the total cost…

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Business

ATK names senior VP, general counsel, secretary

Posted October 3, 2012 by

ATK announced Sept. 26 that Scott D. Chaplin will become the company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Chaplin will have overall responsibility for the corporate legal function, including government contract oversight, regulatory compliance, ATK’s global sales team support, and oversight for product and intellectual property management. He will be…

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Veterans

Airman missing from World War II identified

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 28 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Samuel E. Lunday, of Marianna, Fla., was buried Sept. 28 at…

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Business

Lockheed Martin awarded upgrade contract for 145 Republic of China Air Force F-16s

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract valued up to $1.85 billion by the U.S. Government to initiate the upgrade of 145 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft for the Republic of China. This retrofit program will include the addition of an Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, embedded global positioning, as well as upgrades to the electronic warfare…

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Space

NASA awards space launch system advanced booster contracts

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has awarded three contracts totaling $137.3 million to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System. The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for a future version of the SLS, a heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond…

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News Briefs – September 28, 2012

Posted September 28, 2012 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,995 As of Sept. 25, 2012, at least 1,995 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,657 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lockheed Martin completes centralization of targets, countermeasures operations in Alabama

Posted September 28, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin Sept. 26 announced that it has completed the centralization of its Targets and Countermeasures operations in Huntsville, Ala., where the program offices of both the company and the Missile Defense Agency customer are located. “Centralizing our core program operations enables us to maintain our cost competitiveness,” said Dr. Patricia Dare, director of Targets…

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Space

NASA announces senior leadership changes

Posted September 28, 2012 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced three changes to his senior leadership team Sept. 25. Robert Lightfoot, acting associate administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will assume that role on a permanent basis. Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., will become director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight…

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Northrop Grumman awarded A-10 Thunderbolt II task 0rders

Posted September 28, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt II Life-cycle Program Support indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Under the terms of the $4.4 million aircraft structural integrity program Legacy IV task order, Northrop Grumman will manage several tasks to include testing and validation of current A-10 flight spectrum…

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Space

NASA Mars rover finds old streambed on Martian surface

Posted September 28, 2012 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the…

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