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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Boeing reduces 747 production rate as demand lags

Posted  October 21, 2013

Boeing will slow down production of its double-decker 747 jumbo jet as demand continues to be weak. Counting cancellations, Boeing has not booked any new orders this year for that plane. Boeing said Oct. 18 that it will slow 747 production to 18 per year, or 1.5 per month. Boeing originally planned to build 24…

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Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network with UAVs for enhanced threat protection

Posted  October 21, 2013

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network, a wireless ground sensor system will be able to connect with unmanned vehicles to provide ubiquitous coverage and persistent surveillance of designated areas. “SPAN is essentially a network…

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US Army awards Raytheon $71.7 million to continue modernizing Patriot fleet

Posted  October 21, 2013

Raytheon received $71.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Army to upgrade the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with the modernized Radar Digital Processor (RDP) and Modern Man Station. The increased processing power of the RDP improves the radar’s reliability by 40 percent. The greater situational awareness with the new MMS increases safety and…

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Special Ops Command seeks prototypes for ‘Iron Man suit’

Posted  October 21, 2013

DARPA graphic An artist’s rendering of what the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit might look like with its desired capabilities. U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an “Iron Man suit,” named after the fictional superhero. In September, Socom announced it is seeking proposals for prototypes of…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar tracks tactical ballistic missile for first time

Posted  October 21, 2013

In preparation for an upcoming dual-intercept test later this year, a Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar successfully acquired and tracked a Lance tactical ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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Group wants grass replanted at military cemetery

Posted  October 21, 2013

A group of veterans, relatives of buried soldiers and others are continuing their efforts to convince the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to replant grass a military cemetery in West Texas. The landscape of the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas, reflects that found in the rest of the city. As part of…

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Headlines October 17, 2013

Posted  October 17, 2013

News: Ranger’s unconscious salute inspires, captivates a grateful nation - There’s tough. There’s Marine Corps tough. And now there’s an entirely new category: Injured, hooked-to-tubes, unconscious — but still saluting — Army Ranger tough.   Business: Pentagon withholding payments from six weapons makers - The U.S. Defense Department is withholding payments from six arms makers for problems…

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News Briefs: October 17, 2013

Posted  October 17, 2013

Delegation lobbies for Alaska base for F-35s Alaska’s congressional delegation is lobbying Air Force leaders to base the F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of…

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Northrop Grumman sponsors Australia UAV Challenge Competition

Posted  October 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Dickson College unmanned air vehicle Dickson College unmanned air vehicle teammates work on their aircraft during the UAV Challenge – Outback Rescue in Australia. Northrop Grumman is sponsoring the 2013 and 2014 UAV Challenge ñ Outback Rescue, a competition in which students develop unmanned airborne vehicles that locate and deliver an emergency…

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Local elementary schools benefit From Northrop Grumman’s school supply drive

Posted  October 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph On Aug. 21, members of the Northrop Grumman Azusa, Calif., chapter of Adelante, an Employee Resource Group, donated 859 pencil boxes filled with erasers, pencils, crayons, rulers and other school supplies for every student at two local elementary schools in the Azusa Unified School District. From left are Robert Allard, principal of…

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