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Astronaut Michael Foale leaves NASA after 26-year career

Posted August 12, 2013 by

NASA astronaut Michael Foale has retired, ending a 26-year space agency career that included 375 days in space during six space shuttle missions and extended stays aboard two space stations. Foale spent 145 days aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1997 and 194 days aboard the International Space Station as commander of Expedition 8…

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AeroVironment solar-powered Puma AE small UAS achieves continuous flight for more than nine hours

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AeroVironment, Inc. announced Aug .12 that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the companyís proven Puma AEô small unmanned aircraft system, operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today. AeroVironment is…

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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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U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force intercept cruise missile for first time with

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The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force intercepted for the first time an anti-ship cruise missile surrogate using Raytheon’s Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile cued by JLENS. An affordable, elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, JLENS uses a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats. “Integrating JLENS’ precision detection and…

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Army, Lockheed Martin celebrate one million flight hours for the Apache targeting pilotage sensor

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph On Aug. 8, more than 400 U.S. Army representatives, industry partners, suppliers, distinguished guests and Lockheed Martin employees celebrated the M-TADS/PNVS 1,000,000 Flight Hours milestone. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army celebrated one million flight hours for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor during ceremonies held Aug. 8 at…

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Boeing, U.S. Navy demo new targeting, data systems on EA-18G

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The U.S. Navy recently flew Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft with sensor system upgrades and its newest data network, demonstrating how the enhanced technologies would allow aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately. Ultimately, the secure, high-speed network will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time. The technology will be incorporated into deployed…

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F-35B completes 500th vertical landing

Posted August 7, 2013 by Layne Laughter

  Ready for sea trials  The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing Aug. 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week, Sea Trials, known as Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) are…

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Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completes initial fleet firing

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The U.S. Navy completed the first fleet firing of Raytheon’sRolling Airframe Missile Block 2 as part of its ongoing developmental and operational testing. In an at-sea test conducted from the USS Arlington (LPD 24), two RAM Block 2 missiles engaged a subsonic target in a scenario designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. This…

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Honeywell’s 131-9 APU reaches 100 million hours of service milestone

Posted August 7, 2013 by

A vital piece of Honeywell technology, the 131-9 series Auxiliary Power Unit, recently became the second from Honeywell’s family of APUs to surpass 100 million hours in service across more than 7,500 narrow-body aircraft around the world such as the Boeing 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 models. “Honeywell’s 131-9 model…

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General Dynamics completes comprehensive risk reduction program for Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has successfully completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test successfully verified key components within the…

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