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Lockheed Martin completes assembly, begins environmental testing of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft and is now undergoing environmental testing at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo.

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Boeing warns that 787 deliveries could slip

Posted February 11, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing acknowledged Feb. 8 that it may not be able to deliver its 787 as fast as hoped. The company said it has told customers expecting the next 787 deliveries that those planes have either been delayed, or at risk for a delay. Boeing is still building the long-range, fuel-efficient planes, and it said on…

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Northrop Grumman AAQ-37 sensor system demonstrates hostile fire detection capability

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Northrop Grumman’s AN/AAQ-37 Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System, developed for the F-35 Lightning II, has added hostile ground fire detection to its capabilities by successfully detecting and locating tanks that were firing live rounds during preparations for a military exercise. While being flown on Northrop Grumman’s BAC 1-11 test aircraft, the DAS detected and located tank…

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GA-ASI successfully tests prototype DDR aboard Predator B

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced Feb. 7 the successful flight test of a prototype of its Due Regard Radar, a company-funded air-to-air radar system that supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne Sense and Avoid architecture for Predator RPA. GA-ASI is a a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. Detecting…

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Aerospace deals drive uptick in fourth quarter M&A activity

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Total merger and acquisition value increased in the aerospace and defense sector in the fourth quarter of 2012, following an anemic first nine months of the year, according to Mission Control, a PwC U.S. quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector. Aerospace deals continued to represent the bulk…

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Boeing, SilkAir sign exclusive pilot training agreement

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Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement Feb. 6. The training agreement will support SilkAir’s fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief Executive. “The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a smooth transition when we take…

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Northrop Grumman successfully flight demonstrates new mission management control system for UASs

Posted February 8, 2013 by timchisham

Northrop Grumman successfully flew a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for the first time using open architecture-based command and control software and hardware developed by the company, moving the company one step closer to offering its common Mission Management Control System product, which can be implemented across various unmanned aircraft systems to improve mission effectiveness…

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UTC discloses $3.5 million in revenue for two overseas affiliates ending Iran business

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United Technologies Corp. says two overseas affiliates earned $630,000 as the company ended business with Iran. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate based in Hartford, Conn., disclosed in its annual report Feb. 7 that its non-U.S. affiliates generated $3.5 million in revenue ìrelated to the orderly winding down of legacy business related to sale of…

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Boeing Phantom Eye completes taxi tests, readies for return to flight

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NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system has completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as it progresses toward its second flight. During the testing, which occurred Feb. 6, the Phantom Eye demonstrator aircraft sitting atop its launch cart reached speeds up to 40 knots, or approximately…

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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the software’s ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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