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Lockheed Martin makes tiny satellite cooling system

Lockheed Martin scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company’s effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and…

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Space Camp: Once in a lifetime experience

PALMDALE, Calif.–Amazing, inspiring and motivating were a few of the words Space Camp graduates Lauren Baker and Ethan Calderone used to describe their experience recent experience at Space Camp. Ethan Calderone, a Palmdale Aerospace Academy 8th grade student, saw Space Camp as a great opportunity. I find aerospace and astroscience extremely interesting and fun; and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers telescope structure for James Webb Space Telescope

Northrop Grumman delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. 

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Integration lab to support C-5 software, hardware upgrades

Air Force photograph by Tommie Horton The 402nd Software Maintenance Group has been tasked by the C-5 System Program Office with updating the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex C-5 System Integration Lab with installation of a new Core Mission Computer and Color Weather Radar. The tasking is in support of an effort by Lockheed Martin…

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Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24.


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NASA awards research facilities, engineering support services contract

Posted  August 28, 2014

NASA has awarded a contract for research facilities and engineering support services to InuTeq, LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland, in support of the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. This cost-plus-award-fee contract covers a one-year base period beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and four one-year options, and is valued…

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Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site

Posted  August 28, 2014

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those…

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Global Hawk variants safely surpass 100,000 combat/operational support hours

Posted  August 28, 2014

Two U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft systems in Northrop Grumman's high altitude long endurance series safely surpassed 100,000 combat/operational support hours.

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Devil Pups:

Posted  August 28, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Graduates of Devil Pup pose with accolades and certificates they received from Palmdale Mayor James Ledford and dignitaries during a recent council meeting. Over 51,000 teens have graduated the 10-day program at Camp Pendleton since 1954. Back row: Rio Duran, Claudia Castro, Joshua Mayen, Lin Robles, Devil Pups President Richard…

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F-15C crashes in mountains of Virginia

Posted  August 28, 2014

An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia Aug. 27, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s status was unknown. No injuries were reported on the ground, but authorities were still trying to reach the crash site ó located through its heavy smoke coming from…

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Air Force Museum to begin restoring massive Titan 4B rocket

Posted  August 28, 2014

Air Force photograph by Ken LaRock Visitors are able to see the Titan 4B during the Behind the Scenes Tours of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration hangars. The impressive Titan 4B, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the…

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Upcoming events, September 2014

Posted  August 28, 2014

Sept. 6 – 34th Annual Telescope Making Contest, Quebec, Canada   Sept. 6 – British Interplanetary Society West Midlands Meeting, Droitwich, United Kingdom   Sept. 7 – Workshop on Using Radar Imagery for Meteorite Fall Detection and Recovery, Casablanca, Morocco   Sept. 7-11 – 10th International Congress on Extremophiles, St. Petersburg, Russia   Sep. 7-12…

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X-47B achieves new set of firsts aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Posted  August 28, 2014

Navy photograph The X-47B unmanned aircraft conducts its first night time deck handling and taxi tests Aug. 21 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after eight days…

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International Aero Engines achieves certification of V2500Æ-E5 engine

Posted  August 28, 2014

IAE International Aero Engines AG has achieved Federal Aviation Administration certification of the V2500Æ-E5 engine for Embraer’s KC-390 aircraft. The KC-390’s launch customer is the Brazilian Air Force. “Achieving engine certification on schedule is a big win for the program,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security. “We have a high level…

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Headlines August 25, 2014

Posted  August 25, 2014

News: U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China – The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and a Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft. SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight – A SpaceX rocket…

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