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Virgin Galactic opens new facility in Long Beach, Calif.

Posted February 13, 2015 by

Virgin Galactic has leased a new 150,000 square foot facility in Long Beach, Calif., that will house design and manufacturing of the company’s small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne. The company will host a job fair and open house at the new facility March 7. Prospective applicants looking for more information should visit www.virgingalactic.com in the…

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Upgrades boost ballistic missile defense radar’s performance during missile raid

Posted February 23, 2015 by

The U.S. and its friends and allies will soon have improved defenses against ballistic missile raids – large quantities of simultaneously impacting ballistic missiles. Raytheon has upgraded the computer processor of the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar, enabling the system to both perform better during raids and to more quickly and accurately discriminate between a…

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First-ever Italian F-35a ‘rolls out’ of Cameri production facility

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History was achieved March 12 when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility, marking the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled.

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New Raytheon guided bomb xompletes initial flight rest

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Raytheon’s Small Tactical Munition Phase II scored a direct hit on a target during the weapon’s first guided flight test. “STM Phase II is ideally suited to weaponize Shadow-class unmanned aircraft systems and counterinsurgency aircraft because STM is a mature, precise and affordable weapon,” said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missiles and…

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Northrop Grumman’s CLIP system ready for fielding

Posted April 18, 2012 by

The Common Link Integration Processing system being developed by Northrop Grumman has received Milestone C acquisition approval from the U.S. Air Force leading to the fielding of this software package and providing aircrews with enhanced capabilities to communicate critical tactical information. CLIP software translates and formats messages and allows existing platforms without a tactical data…

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for U.S. Navy

Posted April 26, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to produce the next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using the Bell 407 airframe. The new variant provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity to ship commander’s intelligence-gathering efforts. According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release on contract awards released April 23, the company will produce a…

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XCOR Aerospace hits Route 66 with experimental motorcycle

Posted May 4, 2012 by

XCOR’s innovative piston pump technology took a ride from Roswell, NM to Mojave, CA in April 2012. “We debated how best to put many hours of wear time on the critical bearing components of our rocket propellant...

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Dozen F-35s now call Florida base home

Posted May 16, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto

The twelfth Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II destined for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was ferried May 15. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft, known as BF-11, which departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 10:02 a.m., CDT, for…

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Northrop Grumman, L-3 MAS to join forces on unmanned system for Canadian security

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Northrop Grumman and L-3 MAS announced plans today to join forces on a variant of the Northrop Grumman-produced Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system for Canada to...

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Goodrich receives U.S. Army spares order to support UH-60 helo fleet

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Goodrich Corporation has received an order from the U.S. Army to provide 80 spare health and usage management system electronic units for the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The units will be produced by Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems business in Vergennes, Vt. Deliveries are expected to commence in early 2013. “It started as an…

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