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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.

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9th-generation GPS satellite blasts off from ‘The Cape’

The 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-9 navigation satellite for the GPS March 25, 2015, from Launch Complex 37 here.

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NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought.


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News Briefs March 10, 2014

Posted  March 10, 2014

Pilot killed in fighter jet crash is identified The military pilot killed in a fighter jet crash during a training exercise in Nevada has been identified as Marine Capt. Reid Nannen. Marine Aircraft Group 12 released the 32-year-old pilot’s name March 8. Nannen died when the F/A-18C went down March 1 on a Navy range…

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Lockheed Martin receives $14 million contract for upgrades to Apacheís targeting, pilotage system

Posted  March 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $14 million contract in 2013 from the U.S. Army to design, integrate and qualify a High Reliability Turret for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The High Reliability Turret is the interface between the M-TADS/PNVS and the Apache airframe. It…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR system receives authorization to enter low-rate initial production phase

Posted  March 10, 2014

On Jan. 24, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition approved the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program for Low Rate Initial Production at a Department of Defense acquisition event known as Milestone C. Northrop is the G/ATOR system prime contractor. “G/ATOR has demonstrated operational capabilities that will fundamentally change how…

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Space

NASA selects 10 proposals for unprecedented twin astronaut study

Posted  March 10, 2014

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body. NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term, first-of-its-kind investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in a continuous effort…

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Air Force officials announce fiscal 2015 force structure changes

Posted  March 10, 2014

Air Force officials released force structure changes March 10 resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget announced March 4. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes critical design review on lithium ion battery orbital unit

Posted  March 10, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced March 10 that it has completed the Critical Design Review for a Lithium Ion battery Orbital Replacement Unit, which will continue to give astronauts the power they need to conduct important research aboard the International Space Station. The Lithium Ion batteries, which will replace the aging Nickel Hydrogen (Ni-H2)…

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U.S. will beef up air operations in Poland

Posted  March 10, 2014

More U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons will deploy to Poland in the coming days and weeks, a Pentagon official said March 10. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak spoke yesterday, and Siemoiniak thanked the secretary for looking at options for basing, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “No decision [have been…

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DOD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay list

Posted  March 10, 2014

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 service members. DOD officials announced in January that service members in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate…

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Lockheed Martin-led team demonstrates interoperability with legacy, stealth fighters

Posted  March 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin and a select industry team with support from key government agencies, recently used a series of flight tests at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to demonstrate how an open systems architecture can enable improved interoperability between next generation and legacy fighter aircraft. The flight tests concluded a year-long independently funded research and development…

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Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform

Posted  March 10, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, March 10 introduced its GEOStar-3TM satellite platform, stating the program is now ready for delivery to commercial satellite operators on production schedules of 24 to 27 months.  The medium-class GEOStar-3 platform is an extension of Orbital’s highly successful small-class GEOStar-2 bus that has led…

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