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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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NASA Hubble to begin search beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission target

Posted  June 16, 2014

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015. The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object…

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DOD, Air Force leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help

Posted  June 16, 2014

The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said June 12, in a conference call with reporters Frank Kendall and Air…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner earns FAA, EASA certification

Posted  June 16, 2014

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand. “Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test…

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Headlines June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

News: NORAD scrambles fighters against Russian bombers – Northern Command scrambled two F-22 Raptor and two F-15 Eagle fighters June 9 against a fleet of Russian bombers off the Alaska and northern California coasts, Pentagon officials said June 12.   NORAD: Russian bombers flew within 50 miles of California – The first encounter occurred at about 4:30 p.m.,…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea. China’s defense ministry says Japanese F-15 fighters followed a Chinese TU-154 plane on regular patrol June 11 and got as close as 100 feet. It released two videos…

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Lockheed Martin applies wind measurement technology for more precise cargo drops

Posted  June 13, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to adapt its WindTracer® wind measurement system to help C-130 and C-17 aircrews make safer, faster and more accurate airdrops of essential supplies to U.S. ground forces at remote locations.

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Poland’s Bumar Elektronika, Raytheon partner to develop new Patriot IFF antenna

Posted  June 13, 2014

Raytheon announced June 12 that it will partner with Bumar Elektronika on the design and development of a modernized Patriot Identification Friend or Foe antenna. This new antenna is a key element of the advanced Patriot 360 degree radar proposed by Raytheon for Poland’s medium-range air and missile defense system program named “WISLA.” The component…

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Whiteman B-2s train in UK

Posted  June 13, 2014

Two B-2 Spirits flew to the U.S. European Command area of operations June 8 to train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region.

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New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums

Posted  June 13, 2014

NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks,” the natural…

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Spirit AeroSystems delivers 5,000th Next-Generation 737

Posted  June 13, 2014

Spirit AeroSystems photograph Spirit AeroSystems employees gather at the company’s Wichita, Kansas, facility to celebrate 5,000 Next-Generation 737 deliveries to Boeing. Spirit AeroSystems Inc. June 11 announced it has successfully completed 5,000 Next-Generation 737 deliveries to Boeing. Spirit has been delivering Next-Generation 737s from Wichita, Kansas, since 1998. The company builds the 737 fuselage, engine…

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