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NASA Mars rover Curiosity beings arm-work phase

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After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm Wednesday in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm and the tools it manipulates….

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Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER surpasses 500 orders

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Boeing's Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) surpassed 500 orders this week. The milestone was reached when a customer converted its 737-700s to 737-900ERs.

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Partners, innovation help Pentagon deal with budget cuts

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department is dealing with long-term budget reductions by working more closely with international partners and continuously improving performance, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an international audience Sept. 5. Frank Kendall delivered the opening address, titled International Partnerships for Coalition Success, at ComDef 2012, a conference of government and…

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Plane Crazy Saturday set for Sept. 22

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

The September Plane Crazy Saturday will feature display and flying on remote control model aircraft by the Murac Model Masters. These can be very serious “models” with wingspans up to about six feet. They normally fly from their airfield located at the north end of Rosamond Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Some…

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Northrop Grumman aids navigation of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover

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Northrop Grumman supplied the navigation and pointing aid for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which recently began a historic two-year exploration of Mars.

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $152 million Sniper ATP sustainment contract

Posted September 6, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin has received a $152 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Sniper(r) Advanced Targeting Pod sustainment support over a five-year period, beginning in September 2012. The contract transitions legacy Sniper pod sustainment support from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Additional scope includes engineering support,…

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AeroVironment receives $16.5 million of funding from U.S. Army for RQ-11B Raven

Posted September 6, 2012 by

AeroVironment, Inc. has received $16,472,298 in additional funding to perform on Aug. 10, 2012, from the United States Army under a contract action with a total projected value of $65,889,191. The company announced the initial $15.8 million funding of that contract action on June 1, 2012. The overall contract action includes RQ-11B Raven systems, new…

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Defense contractor pays $1.15 million over bid allegation

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A Colorado defense contractor has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle allegations that it improperly got information about a competitor’s bid for two contracts for the top-secret National Reconnaissance Office, federal prosecutors said Sept. 4. Paragon Dynamics Inc., of the Denver suburb of Aurora, was accused of getting copies of bid information from Raytheon,…

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Navy signs specification document for the Ohio replacement submarine program

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The Navy formalized key ship specifications for both the United States’ Ohio Replacement and United Kingdom’s Successor Programs in a document signed Aug. 31 at the Washington Navy Yard. Rear Adm. Thomas J. Eccles, chief engineer and deputy commander Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Capt. William J. Brougham, Ohio Replacement…

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AeroVironment receives $16.5 million of funding from U.S. Army for RQ-11B Raven

Posted September 6, 2012 by

AeroVironment, Inc. has received $16,472,298 in additional funding to perform on Aug. 10, 2012, from the United States Army under a contract action with a total projected value of $65,889,191. The company announced the initial $15.8 million funding of that contract action on June 1, 2012. The overall contract action includes RQ-11B Raven systems, new…

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