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Raytheon gallium nitride technology validated for space applications

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Satellites may soon carry Raytheon’s Gallium Nitride technology into Earth orbit. Raytheon has successfully validated its GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit technology for use in space-bound equipment. Raytheon GaN MMICs, fabricated at its Andover, Massachusetts foundry, demonstrated the radiation hardness required for space through Single Event Burn-out and Total Ionizing Dose testing.  The results showed…

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Boeing, Royal Air Maroc celebrate arrival of airline’s first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and Royal Air Maroc this weekend celebrated the arrival into Morocco of its first 787 Dreamliner. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787. The airplane, delivered to the airline Dec. 31, 2014 from Boeing’s Everett, Wash. Delivery Center, flew a 4,788 nautical mile nonstop flight to…

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DRS Technologies’ groundbreaking laser designating gimbal completes first flight test

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DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced Jan. 21 that it successfully performed the first airborne demonstration of its GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal. At less than six inches in diameter and weighing less than nine pounds, the GS205 is one of the smallest stabilized, light-weight and fully qualified targeting systems on the market. During its…

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Predator XP sets new company for long endurance flight

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Feb. 12 the successful first endurance flight of† PredatorÆ XP, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator RPA that has accumulated more than two million flight hours since 1994. The flight launched Feb. 6 and landed Feb. 8 during a 40-plus hour flight conducted at GA-ASI’s Castle Dome…

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Boeing, Cargolux Airlines celebrate 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter

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Boeing and Cargolux Airlines are celebrating the 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier. To mark the occasion, Cargolux’s latest 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal of the Father of the Boeing 747, Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the airplane. We have built our…

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SM-3 IIA team completes TDACS preliminary design review

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has completed the preliminary design review of the SM-3 Block IIA’s throttleable divert and attitude control system. Essentially a rocket motor with four main divert nozzles and six attitude control nozzles, the TDACS’s precision propulsion will enable the SM-3 Block IIA to intercept incoming ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy. “The TDACS…

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Airbus Group delivers first new UH-72A Lakota for Army initial-entry trainer mission

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Airbus Group March 25 delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration…

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Boeing celebrates 4,000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing executives and more than 500 employees, suppliers, union representatives and government officials joined China Southern Airlines to celebrate the 4,000th Next-Generation 737 at a special event April 13 at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The 4,000th Next-Generation 737 jetliner off the 737 production…

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Latest AMRAAM variant achieves key program milestones

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Raytheon recently completed two milestones for the newest Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, the AIM-120D. The U.S. Air Force successfully completed testing and fielded the AIM-120D. The U.S. Navy achieved initial operational capability on the weapon. “AMRAAM is the most capable air-to-air weapon ever produced,” said Ron Krebs, AMRAAM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems….

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete first flight hardware for Webb telescope backplane

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and its teammate ATK have completed the construction of the center section of the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA’s James Webb Space…

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