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Aegis Ashore launches Standard Missile-3 for first time

Posted May 21, 2014 by

The Missile Defense Agency conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 from the Aegis Ashore weapon system, which is designed to protect U.S. deployed and NATO forces in Europe from ballistic missile attack. The non-intercept scenario tested the safe launch and fly-out of an SM-3 Block IB against a simulated target; an…

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Northrop Grumman awarded contract to develop miniaturized inertial navigation system for DARPA

Posted June 6, 2014 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to develop a miniaturized navigation grade inertial system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA’s Chip-Scale Combinatorial Atomic Navigator (C-SCAN) program aims to integrate micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) and atomic inertial…

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Raytheon kill vehicle destroys complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space

Posted June 23, 2014 by

– During a Missile Defense Agency test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle destroyed a complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space. It was the ninth intercept for the GMD program, which is designed to protect the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attack by destroying incoming threats outside of the Earth’s atmosphere….

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Boeing announces new communications leadership assignments

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Boeing announced July 11 a series of new senior leadership assignments within its Communications organization. Sean I. McCormack has been named vice president of Communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding Mark G. Hooper, who plans to retire from Boeing Sept. 1, after more than 26 years with the company. McCormack will lead a team responsible…

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ASL Aviation Group to procure LM-100J freighters

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ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters during a ceremony in Farnborough, England, July 16. The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. Safair — an…

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Boeing partners with South African Airways to turn new tobacco plant into jet fuel

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Boeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG announced Aug. 6 they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.

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Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM system completes U.S. Army flight testing

Posted August 28, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman’s Common Infrared Countermeasures system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The flight test was conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., by the Redstone Test Center. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a six-week period, after…

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NASA intern helps develop UAS in the NAS Human-Systems Integration

Posted September 17, 2014 by

NASA photographs by Ken Ulbrich NASA Armstrong summer intern Kassidy McLaughlin contemplates the Smart Eye Pro optical tracking display during a UAS in the NAS simulation. The system tracks a UAS pilotís eye movements, quantifying such details as head position, pupil diameter, gaze direction and visual fixation. Kassidy McLaughlin, a freshman mechanical engineering major at…

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Scaled Composites marks 10th anniversary of milestone flight

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A decade after winning the Ansari XPRIZE with one of the most innovative vehicles ever flown, the employees of Scaled Composites, a Northrop subsidiary, continue to push the boundaries of aviation and the emerging commercial space industry.

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Northrop Grumman to supply new attitude, heading reference system for Airbus helicopters

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Northrop Grumman has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to certify and deliver its new LCR-350 Attitude and Heading Reference System for several helicopter platforms. Developed by Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-350 AHRS can be used in civil and military applications on rotary- and fixed-wing platforms, providing critical flight control data…

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