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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission

Posted  July 11, 2014

July 10, at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator’s first four satellites last year. With this eighth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, all successful, Arianespace proves its long-term support for new operators and helps reduce the…

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Hagel talks with F-35 pilots, maintainers at Eglin AFB

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after touring the 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II integrated training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 10, 2014. During his visit, he met with Eglin service members for 45 minutes to praise their work in the…

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General Dynamics to continue amphibious combat vehicle testing

Posted  July 11, 2014

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, is continuing work on an Amphibious Combat Vehicle solution for the U.S. Marine Corps. The recently awarded five-month contract extension, valued at $7 million, continues General Dynamics’ ongoing work to determine the best option for developing an affordable, survivable and high water speed ACV platform…

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NASA spacecraft sees further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Posted  July 11, 2014

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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Hubble spots spiral bridge of young stars linking two ancient galaxies

Posted  July 11, 2014

NASA/ESA image NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape winds around the cores of the two massive galaxies. The ìpearlsî are superclusters of blazing, blue-white, newly born stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which…

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Army tests putting NERO electronic warfare jammer on UAVs

Posted  July 11, 2014

Army photograph by Doug McDaniel View of the NERO jamming payload attached to a Gray Eagle. NERO stands for Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated. Last month within the mountainous terrain of The Great Salt Lake Desert at Dugway Proving Ground Utah, the U.S. Army conducted flight testing of an unmanned airborne electronic attack capability known…

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Hill AFB plays key role in delivering F-16s to Indonesia

Posted  July 11, 2014

The combined efforts of Hill Air Force Base’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex, F-16 System Program Office, Defense Logistics Agency and several other Defense Department organizations will culminate in the initial delivery of three of 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the government of Indonesia July 14. The Indonesian government will accept delivery of one F-16C…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite enters final testing

Posted  July 11, 2014

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed environmental testing of the U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System satellite. It recently cleared thermal vacuum trials, which validate performance in simulated space conditions, and the satellite is now in final check out.

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Boeing selects supplier for 737 MAX full-flight simulator

Posted  July 11, 2014

Boeing announced July 11 the selection of TRU Simulation + Training Inc. as its supplier for state-of-the-art full-flight training suites for the 737 MAX. The initial suite will include a full-flight simulator, a flat-panel training device and 10 desktop trainers which are anticipated to be ready for training in 2017 for customers new to both…

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Ball Aerospace takes delivery of CERES instrument for the JPSS-1 Polar-orbiting satellite

Posted  July 11, 2014

The Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy Systems instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System, the nation’s next generation polar-orbiting satellite, arrived at Ball June 17.  Integration of the JPSS-1 satellite will begin later this year. The CERES instrument is key to the continuity of long-standing weather and climate measurements currently provided by…

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