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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted April 24, 2013 by Joan Lowy

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet powers record-breaking flight of X-51A WaveRider

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s SJY61 scramjet engine, achieved aviation history on May 1 by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, flying full duration and achieving mission success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company. “This test flight brings aviation closer…

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ATK successfully completes first U.S.-based testing of HPGP thruster technology for NASA Goddard

Posted May 20, 2013 by

ATK, the nation’s largest rocket motor producer, has successfully completed the first U.S.-based testing of the High Performance Green Propulsion thruster technology for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The testing was conducted at ATK Defense Group’s test facility in Elkton, Md., in April 2013. The ATK test facility is capable of assessing high-fidelity performance…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes LRASM vertical launch system tests

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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) “push-through” testing of a simulated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Four consecutive tests verified that the simulated LRASM can break or “push through” the MK 41 canister’s forward cover without causing damage to the composite structure, air data probe or coatings of the missile. The…

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LONGBOW LLC receives $90 million contract for Saudi Arabia Apache radar systems

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The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The contract award includes AH-64E LONGBOW FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. The contract…

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Embraer, Boeing team to market, sell KC-390 medium-airlift aircraft

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Embraer and Boeing are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer’s KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture…

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Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s ninth Littoral Combat Ship

Posted June 28, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The keel laying ceremony for LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, took place at Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard on June 27, 2013. Pictured from left to right: Monsignor James Dillenburg, Keel Laying Chaplain; Chuck Goddard, President & CEO Marinette Marine Corporation; Mrs. Janee Bonner, ship sponsor; Joe North, Lockheed Martin Vice…

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General Dynamics to consolidate two combat systems businesses

Posted July 15, 2013 by

General Dynamics announced July 15 that, following a comprehensive review of the structure of its Combat Systems business group, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products will be consolidated into General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “In the face of changing demand in some of our markets and increasing competition across the board, we have determined…

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE receives FAA type certificate for commercial use

Posted July 29, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. announced that on July 19, 2013 it received a “Restricted Category” rating for its Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system from the Federal Aviation Administration. The first-of-its-kind certificate permits operators to fly Puma for commercial missions, such as oil spill monitoring and ocean surveys, in the North Slope region of the Arctic. Prior…

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Raytheon receives $218 million for advanced Standard Missile-3

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Raytheon has been awarded a $218,530,196 contract by the Missile Defense Agency to complete the assembly and delivery of 29 Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles. Launched off U.S. Navy ships, SM-3 interceptors protect the U.S. and its allies by destroying incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space. “The…

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