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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations for OCO-2 spacecraft processing

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Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced Feb. 12 that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, facility. OCO-2 is the first mission awarded by NASA…

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Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye approved for full-rate production

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Northrop Grumman photograph Following successful test and evaluation where the program was rated operationally suitable and effective, Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been approved for full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, has been approved to enter full-rate production by the…

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Lockheed Martin WindTracer achives major airport efficiency enhancements

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer® Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U. S. airports. The FAA granted approval for San Francisco International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport to conduct dependent arrival operations on their closely spaced…

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Boeing names new heads of technology, defense systems teams

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Boeing announced Feb. 12 the appointment of Greg Hyslop as vice president and general manager, Boeing Research & Technology. He succeeds Matt Ganz, who was recently named president, Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and vice president, European Technology Strategy. As the head of the central advanced research and development unit of Boeing, Hyslop will lead…

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Mars Science Lab drills to get rock powder sample

Posted February 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Curiosity has now successfully used all of its unique equipment to examine if Mars was capable of supporting microscopic life. The percussion drill was used to…

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Boeing, Icelandair finalize order for 16 737 MAX airplanes

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Boeing and Icelandair announced a firm order Feb. 13 for 16 737 MAX airplanes, valued at more than $1.6 billion at list prices.

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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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