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F-35A achieves maximum high angle of attack limit in four flights

Posted November 21, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft rapidly expanded its high angle of attack (AOA) test envelope to its 50 degree limit in only four flights during recent flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. F-35A test aircraft are limited to AOAs of 20 degrees until their controllability is…

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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman conducting Triton ground testing

Posted November 19, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have added a second Triton unmanned aircraft to ground testing efforts in late September – part of an initial step in preparation for flight operations. Two Triton unmanned aircraft systems are being used to flight test and mature the system for operational use. Ground testing allows the team to…

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Boeing receives environmental recognition from Wildlife Habitat Council

Posted November 16, 2012 by

SIMI HILLS, Calif. — Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Southern California, once a rocket engine testing and energy research facility for the federal government, recently received the Wildlife Habitat Council’s prestigious Corporate Lands for Learning(tm) certification for providing public wildlife habitat preservation and restoration education programs. The Wildlife Habitat Council, which works with corporations…

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Boeing, Avianca announce order for three 787 Dreamliners

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Boeing and Avianca Airlines, Colombia's flagship airline, Nov. 15 announced an order for three 787 Dreamliners.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy demonstrate precision, wireless ground handling of X-47B

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have taken a first critical step toward demonstrating that the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator can be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier. In early November, the team successfully completed its first shore-based trials of a new wireless, handheld device called a…

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

Posted November 16, 2012 by

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

Posted November 16, 2012 by

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

Posted November 16, 2012 by AP

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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