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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd Defense

Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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U.S. Army places blimp-borne radar in strategic readiness

Posted  June 25, 2014

Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset. JLENS is a powerful airborne radar…

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Defense

New aircraft carrier recovery technology moves one step closer to fleet integration

Posted  June 25, 2014

The new Compact Swaging Machine, responsible for automating a current hazardous process and reducing Sailor workload, successfully completed its first operational fleet test aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) May 12

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Space

ATK awarded contract to provide UltraFlex solar arrays for upcoming Mars InSight mission

Posted  June 25, 2014

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s concept depicts the InSight Mars lander at work studying the interior of Mars, powered by ATK’s UltraFlex arrays. ATK has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the…

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NASA launches Earth science challenges with OpenNEX cloud data

Posted  June 25, 2014

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to…

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Universal Space Network awarded long-term gateway contract by Boeing

Posted  June 25, 2014

Boeing recently contracted with Universal Space Network to design, build, operate and maintain a Mil-Ka Gateway for Boeing Commercial Satellite Services in support of the Global Xpress program.  Universal Space Network, acting as the prime contractor, brought together a team consisting of SSC Chile, ViaSat, and Telefonica/MoviStar to win the contract in a competitive environment. …

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U.S. advisers arrive in Iraq to begin sssessment

Posted  June 25, 2014

The first U.S. service members ordered to Iraq to help the Iraqi military counter a terrorist threat have arrived in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said June 24. About 90 troops have arrived in Baghdad, where they will join some 40 others attached to the U.S. Embassy to establish assessment…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS missile defense satellites

Posted  June 25, 2014

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System.

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Arotech Battery, Power Systems division unveils new hybrid power system

Posted  June 25, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Arotech Corporation announced June 25 a new Man Portable Hybrid Power Management System that its Battery and Power Division’s UEC Electronics subsidiary unveiled to the United States Department of Defense. This latest 3.5kW system is a prototype which satisfies an upcoming solicitation for the Mobile Electric Hybrid…

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Parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test

Posted  June 25, 2014

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft June 25.

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100th anniversary of start of World War I approaches

Posted  June 25, 2014

ìOne day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.î This prophecy, from German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, came in 1888, and he was spot on. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Duchess Sophie, were visiting Sarajevo, the…

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