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Lockheed Martin to build spacecraft for Insight Mars Lander, NASA’s next discovery mission

Posted August 21, 2012 by

An exciting and novel mission to Mars has been selected as NASA’s next Discovery mission. The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission, led by principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and managed by JPL, will make the first ever measurements of the interior of Mars, providing insight…

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GA-ASI introduces system-wide enhancements for Predator B/MQ-9

Posted September 5, 2012 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 5 the successful first flight of the Block 1-plus Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper, an upgrade to the original Block 1 Predator B that has been in production since 2003.

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Lockheed Martin leans forward with aggressive, new environmental sustainability goals

Posted September 14, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin Sept. 13 announced it will implement aggressive new global environmental goals to decrease its use of natural resources at all stages of product development and business operations over the next eight years. By 2020, the company is targeting absolute reductions in carbon emissions by 35 percent, facility energy use by 20 percent, waste…

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Boeing high energy laser mobile demonstrator advances to high-power testing

Posted October 5, 2012 by

Under a follow-on contractual effort from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Boeing will continue developing a truck-mounted directed energy system that improves war fighters’ ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats. Under the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) Phase II High-Power Testing follow-on contract, Boeing will incorporate…

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Aerojet awarded green propulsion technology demonstration mission contract

Posted October 17, 2012 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that it will demonstrate a reduced toxicity monopropellant blend that offers improved performance and simplified handling processes over hydrazine, the traditional propellant choice for spacecraft. Under contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., Aerojet will perform the technology demonstration mission, known as the Green Propellant…

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Northrop Grumman matures laser threat terminator technology to address emerging threats

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has matured the technology for enhancing the capabilities of its All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator product line, developed to defeat both current and emerging IR threats. The ASALTT(TM) is an advanced technology quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared laser designed and developed to protect a wide variety of aircraft including fixed-wing and rotor aircraft,…

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Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(tm) powers Gulfstream flights to NBAA

Posted October 29, 2012 by

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced Oct. 29 that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(tm) produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process powered demonstration flights by Gulfstream Aerospace to this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention. Five Gulfstream aircraft traveled on Oct. 27 and 28 from Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., to Orlando, Fla., for the…

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Northrop Grumman signs agreement with Danish composite manufacturer for F-35 program

Posted November 7, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has entered a long-term agreement with the advanced composites manufacturer Terma A/S in Denmark to manufacture component parts for the international F-35 Lightning II program. The LTA, which has a potential value of more than $97 million upon completion of all follow-on options, was signed on Sept. 20 and…

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Digital modular radios by General Dynamics anchor communications for new U.S. Navy ships, submarines

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The U.S. Navy has ordered an additional 53 General Dynamics-built AN/USC-61(C) four-channel Digital Modular Radios for use aboard new Navy ships, submarines and inshore sites. In addition to the new radios, existing DMR hardware will be modified to accommodate networking waveforms owned by the government. This order exercises an option on a contract awarded to…

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Federal Launch Liability Indemnification Bill passed

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an extension of the government’s authority to indemnify launch services companies from third party claims for certain amounts of money resulting from launch vehicle accidents. The current authority expires Dec. 31, 2012. H.R. 6586 was not controversial, and it extends for two years the provisions of a 1988 law….

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