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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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Boeing announces new communications leadership assignments

Posted  July 11, 2014

Boeing announced July 11 a series of new senior leadership assignments within its Communications organization. Sean I. McCormack has been named vice president of Communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding Mark G. Hooper, who plans to retire from Boeing Sept. 1, after more than 26 years with the company. McCormack will lead a team responsible…

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to host World War I 100th anniversary event

Posted  July 11, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in Europe as one of the nation’s premier historical aviation events, the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will bring the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio, Sept. 27-28. The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will feature vintage reproduction…

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Headlines July 9, 2014

Posted  July 9, 2014

News: Iran sends three attack planes to Iraqi government – An American official said that Su-25s had already carried out missions over Ramadi, Falluja in western Iraq and the Baiji refinery in northern Iraq. The official did not say whether the aircraft dropped any bombs but added that Iran had sent more Revolutionary Guards ground forces…

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News Briefs July 9, 2014

Posted  July 9, 2014

Air Force reservist sues U.S. Steel over 2014 firing An Air Force reservist who serves near Pittsburgh says she was wrongly fired by U.S. Steel because she missed work due to her military deployments. The plaintiff, 33-year-old Rebecca Jackanic, of Coraopolis, says she had worked for U.S. Steel as an aircraft dispatcher since 2002. Jackanic…

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U.S. Air Force GPS technology exceeds technical requirements in critical test

Posted  July 9, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated successful operation of its next-generation Military-code GPS signal in a jamming environment using a Raytheon Creceiver. In a recent test, the Raytheon-built Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 maintained GPS satellite tracking and provided accurate navigation at jamming levels far exceeding technical requirements. The MAGR2K was…

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Northrop Grumman hosts 10th annual engineering competition

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman's Azusa campus recently concluded its year-end activities for the company's High School Involvement Partnership program with its tenth annual engineering competition and an awards dinner.

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USAFE-AFAFRICA releases investigation results on HH-60 accident

Posted  July 9, 2014

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman,…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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Aegis Combat System’s newest baseline demonstrates over-the-horizon capability in series of three tests

Posted  July 9, 2014

The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System recently completed multiple exercises including the longest-range engagement ever tested with a Standard Missile-6. This is the first major series of tests for the integrated air and missile defense-equipped USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and highlights the system’s accuracy in identifying and destroying…

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ULA successfully completes CDR for Boeing Commercial Crew Accommodations at launch pad

Posted  July 9, 2014

United Launch Alliance recently completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the launch site accommodations that will support commercial crew launches of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation-100 at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida. The CDR, supported by Boeing, NASA, and the Air Force, approved the design for the Crew Access Tower, Crew Access Arm…

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