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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce close on deal for program share in IAE

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Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, closed June 29 on its agreement to purchase Rolls-Royce’s program share in IAE International Aero Engines. More information about the closing will be announced by IAE at the Farnborough Air Show on July 9. “This strategic deal strengthens the presence of Pratt & Whitney and the IAE…

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Goodrich inaugurates new facility in Brea, Calif.

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Goodrich Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 28 to mark the opening of its new facility in Brea, Calif. The ceremony, attended by civic leaders as well as Goodrich employees, included a tour of production, design and development areas within the new 105,000 square foot site. The facility is part of Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated…

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International Association Of Machinists ratifies new labor agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

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Lockheed Martin has reached a new labor agreement with District Lodge 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the largest union at its Fort Worth, Texas, aircraft manufacturing facility. Union members voted to accept the proposal in a meeting June 28, ending a work stoppage that began April 23. The four-year contract…

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Virgin Galactic successfully completes SpaceShipTwo glide flight test and rocket motor firing on same day

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MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced June 28 that its passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, successfully completed its first glide flight test on June 26 since a recent integration period for rocket motor systems and maintenance. Also, on June 26, the spaceship’s engine, RocketMotorTwo, underwent another successful full duration test…

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Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company realigns operating structure to maximize resources

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Lockheed Martin announced June 28 the reorganization of its Space Systems Company and associated leadership appointments. The new structure marks the latest step in a drive to enhance SSC competitiveness and deliver greater value to customers. Richard F. (Rick) Ambrose, who currently serves as vice president of Information Systems & Global Solutions-National, is rejoining SSC…

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Northrop Grumman’s Modular Space Vehicle completes CDR process, moves program to manufacturing phase

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has just finished conducting a two-day Spacecraft Baseline Interim Design Review, successfully completing the Spacecraft Bus Critical Design Review process for the Modular Space Vehicle program. This review moves work on this next-generation spacecraft design to the fabrication stage. The company’s spacecraft design for the MSV program is the…

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Aerojet delivers 100th HiPAT thruster

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is marking the delivery of its 100th R-4D-15 High Performance Apogee Thruster to Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems in a ceremony today at Aerojet’s Redmond, Calif., production facility. The event is commemorating the milestone delivery and the R-4D record of 100 percent mission success throughout five decades of service. As the…

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Lockheed Martin board creates vice chairman position

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Lockheed Martin announced June 28 that its board of directors has unanimously voted to establish the new position of vice chairman, electing President and Chief Operating Officer Christopher E. Kubasik as a board member and vice chairman, effective today.

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Scaled performs rocket motor test at Mojave

Posted June 28, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Activities in preparation for a powered flight of SpaceShipTwo are ramping up at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The Scaled Composites rocket motor test facility was used June 20 to perform a full-scale rocket motor test firing of Rocket Motor 2, which Sierra Nevada Corp. is providing for SpaceShipTwo. This was the first…

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Lockheed Martin receives $241 million contract for JASSM Lot 10 production

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The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $241.6 million contract for Lot 10 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and Extended Range variant. The JASSM Lot 10 contract is for 191 baseline missiles, 30 ER missiles, Test Instrumentation Kits and systems engineering support. Produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy,…

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