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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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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

Posted  October 9, 2012

Northrop Grumman, DARPA and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving the DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft. The flights, which used two NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft – one configured as a tanker and the other…

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New commercial imaging spacecraft progressing at Lockheed Martin as IKONOS satellite achieves 13 years in operations

Posted  October 9, 2012

Lockheed Martin is making steady progress in a key test phase on GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, as IKONOS, the world’s first commercial remote sensing spacecraft marks 13 years of outstanding services for GeoEye’s customers around the globe. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. The satellite…

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United Kingdom threatens to veto BAE-EADS merger

Posted  October 9, 2012

The French and German governments must reduce their stakes in defense company EADS NV for the United Kingdom to allow a proposed merger with BAE Systems PLC to go ahead, Britain’s defense secretary warned Oct. 7. Philip Hammond said Britain would veto the mega-merger of the aeronautics and defense companies if this requirement wasn’t satisfied….

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Lockheed Martin to form two new business areas through reorganization of Electronic Systems

Posted  October 9, 2012

With a continuing focus on lean and efficient operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation Oct. 8 announced it will reorganize its Electronic Systems business area into two new business areas that position the company for growth by increasing customer alignment and reducing costs. Effective Dec. 31, the creation of the Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems…

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First contracted SpaceX resupply mission launches with NASA cargo to ISS

Posted  October 9, 2012

A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Falcon 9 rocket carrying its Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:35 p.m., EDT, Oct. 7, beginning NASA’s first contracted cargo delivery flight, designated SpaceX CRS-1, to the International Space Station. Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, SpaceX will fly at least 12…

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NASA aerodynamics legend enters Aviation Hall of Fame

Posted  October 9, 2012

Aeronautics engineer Richard T. Whitcomb, whose legendary NASA research contributions made supersonic flight practical, will joined other aerospace pioneers in the National Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 6. The National Aviation Hall of Fame, located at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is dedicated to honoring individuals who have…

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NASA, international partners approve year-long space station stay

Posted  October 9, 2012

NASA and its international partners have announced an agreement to send two crew members to the International Space Station on a one-year mission designed to collect valuable scientific data needed to send humans to new destinations in the solar system. The crew members, one American astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut, will launch and land in…

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Boeing to provide performance-based logistics for CH-47 Chinook helicopters

Posted  October 9, 2012

The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a five-year Performance-Based Logistics contract for CH-47 Chinook support, an arrangement that reduces customer costs while allowing Boeing to invest in improving products and processes. The $185 million contract covers management of the production, overhaul and distribution of the Army’s supply of Chinook helicopter rotor blades. “PBLs are outcome-focused…

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Honeywell’s latest Spectra Shield Ballistic Material toughens, lightens British combat vehicle

Posted  October 9, 2012

Honeywell announced Oct. 8 that its second-generation Spectra ShieldÆ ballistic material is being used to armor Foxhound vehicles, manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection Europe, for the British Armed Forces. The vehicles are currently being shipped for use in Afghanistan. The Spectra Shield materials are more than 50 percent lighter than traditional vehicle…

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U.S. Marine Corps selects General Dynamics team to build next-generation aviation subsystems

Posted  October 9, 2012

A General Dynamics C4 Systems-led team received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to build up to four Engineering Development Models and nine Limited Deployment Units of the Processing and Display/Sensor Data Subsystem for Increment 1, Phase 2 of the Common Aviation Command and Control System. When built and fully operational, the General Dynamics…

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