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Ball Aerospace wins S-Band phased array demonstration for NASA Space Launch System

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected to develop its S-Band phased array antenna for the next-generation U.S. Space Launch System under a NASA Research Announcement. The Ball Reliable Advanced Integrated Network will deliver a single-solution prototype antenna that allows for sustained high data rate downlink from launch through mission completion. The high-performance antenna…

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United Technologies Corp. announces Pratt & Whitney expansion at Florida facility

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United Technologies Corp. announced Nov. 15 that its Pratt & Whitney unit will expand manufacturing capabilities at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility. The formal announcement was made by UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert and Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a press conference at the West Palm Beach facility, which is…

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Air Force, Raytheon successfully evaluate Ground Based Sense and Avoid capabilities

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As the U.S. government prepares for unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System by 2015, the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon have conducted concept evaluation demonstrations that show existing air traffic control equipment could be modified to safely track the presence of nearby unmanned aircraft. Ground Based Sense and Avoid — based on the…

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Moss Point, Miss., marks production of drone fuselage

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Production has begun at a Northrop Grumman plant in Moss Point, Miss., on fuselages for a new line of surveillance drones. Officials marked the development with a Nov. 13 ceremony at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center. The Triton high-altitude surveillance drone being built for the Navy will be able to stay aloft for 24 hours, flying…

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Boeing adapts innovative training technologies to F/A-18E, F-15E

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Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is…

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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves ‘firm concept’

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Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’. “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we’ve committed to our customers,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager…

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Lockheed Martin acquires Chandler/May, Inc.

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Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 13 the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of fully integrated mission critical systems for unmanned aerial systems and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin’s…

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Honeywell provides cost-saving logistics support for U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet

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Honeywell has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to provide depot maintenance support for the F-15′s secondary power system. Work will be performed under Public-Private Partnership with the Hill Air Force Base Depot Workforce in Utah through January 2020. “We’re focused on ensuring the ongoing operational readiness of the Air Force…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to further develop high-concentration solar technology

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program office of the Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne approximately $2.3 million to design and develop a 200-kilowatt high-concentration photovoltaic solar-power field on one acre at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The project is designed to demonstrate the high-performance and cost-effectiveness of…

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