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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk supports studies on climate change

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PALMDALE, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk is now conducting science missions to study the impact of atmospheric change on the Earth’s climate. The Global Hawk is collecting data and helping scientists learn more about the humidity and chemical composition of air entering the tropical tropopause layer of the atmosphere and its impact…

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Boeing Phantom Eye completes taxi tests, readies for return to flight

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NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system has completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as it progresses toward its second flight. During the testing, which occurred Feb. 6, the Phantom Eye demonstrator aircraft sitting atop its launch cart reached speeds up to 40 knots, or approximately…

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Walker receives prestigious Skunk Works award

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Dr. Steven H. Walker, Deputy Director for DARPA, has received the 2013 Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Skunk Works Award from the Engineersí Council. Established in 1992, the annual award honors an individual with outstanding professional qualities and a top reputation for engineering accomplishments and leadership. Recipients embody the model of excellence Johnson established for future…

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Mojave Air & Space Port finances discussed

Posted March 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

A midyear budget update was presented by CFO Erika Westawski to the Mojave Air and Space Port directors at their March 5 meeting. CEO Stuart Witt discussed the current status of Mojave involvement in the FAA Screening Information Request solicitation regarding Unmanned Aviation Systems in the National Airspace. Several contract and purchase expenditures were approved….

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UTC Aerospace Systems introduces smaller UAV autopilots

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UTC Aerospace Systems recently announced the release of the Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo Nano autopilot, the smallest addition to the industry standard Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo family of flight management systems. The Piccolo Nano is designed to meet the requirements of the smallest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in both size and price with all the…

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Lockheed Martinís Havoc 8×8 completes swim tests in Marine Personnel Carrier competition

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Lockheed Martinís Havoc 8×8, an eight-wheel-drive Armored Modular Vehicle, successfully completed amphibious testing as part of its evaluation for the Marine Personnel Carrier competition. The trials in and near the surf at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., were conducted with the vehicle loaded to its full combat weight. During the Camp Pendleton testing, Havoc…

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SAIC awarded contract By Sandia National Laboratories

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by Sandia National Laboratories to provide mission computing and information technology services in support of the Department of Energy. The single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has five-year base period of performance, one two-year option, and a total contract value of approximately $228 million, if the option…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of next rocket engine for human spaceflight

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the rocket-engine manufacturer that helped power American astronauts to the moon during the Apollo era, has completed the last in a series of hot-fire tests on a J-2X engine with a stub-nozzle extension at simulated altitude conditions. This latest chapter in the development of America’s next rocket…

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NASA astronaut Rick CJ Sturckow leaves agency

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NASA astronaut Rick “CJ” Sturckow has left the agency and accepted a position with Virgin Galactic as pilot on their Commercial Flight Team. A veteran of four space shuttle flights, Sturckow served first as pilot on STS-88 in 1998 and STS-105 in 2001 and later as commander on STS-117 in 2007 and STS-128 in 2009….

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United to add 40 More Embraer 76-seat aircraft to United Express fleet

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United Airlines announced May 21 a capacity purchase agreement for SkyWest Airlines, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., to operate 40 Embraer 175 aircraft under the United Express brand. SkyWest,†Inc. will purchase the 40 76-seat aircraft with deliveries in 2014 and 2015. These aircraft are in addition to 30 Embraer 175 aircraft that United…

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