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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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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy conduct successful simultaneous manned, unmanned helicopter flight tests

Posted  June 11, 2014

Navy photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated training.   Northrop Grumman and…

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Airmen, sailors build Navy mines for B-1 deployment

Posted  June 11, 2014

Airmen at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., partnered with several U.S. Navy minesmen June 2 through 7 during a joint training mission to exercise the B-1B Lancer’s capabilities in deploying Navy mines. The 28th Munitions Squadron members teamed up with midshipmen from the Naval Munitions Command Seal Beach for the first time to assist in building,…

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Boeing completes second 702HP satellite for Mexican government

Posted  June 11, 2014

The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Boeing are a step closer to enhancing Mexico’s mobile communications capabilities for government applications with the completion of the second Mexsat 702HP (high power) geomobile satellite.

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1st Space Ops assumes space surveillance mission

Posted  June 11, 2014

The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo., will assume command and control of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program this summer. The satellites are a space-based capability that will operate in the near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network sensor. Gen. William L. Shelton,…

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Orion crew, service modules stacked

Posted  June 11, 2014

Following the completion of the heat shield installation, Lockheed Martin has stacked the Orion crew module atop of the service module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. As part of the process to prepare for the crew and service…

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U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin complete second series of advanced autonomous convoy demonstrations

Posted  June 11, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph A driverless truck convoy moves along a South Carolina road in a U.S. Army test of Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Lockheed Martin successfully completed new tests validating the ability of driverless military-truck convoys to operate successfully and safely in a…

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Orbital’s second Cygnus resupply mission to International Space Station postponed

Posted  June 11, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has updated its Antares launch schedule for the Orb-2 mission to a date no earlier than July 1, 2014. Orb-2 is the second of eight cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under the company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract…

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Laser weapon being readied for Marine vehicles

Posted  June 11, 2014

As the Navy prepares to deploy its first laser weapon on a ship later this summer, Office of Naval Research officials announced June 11 that they have finished awarding contracts to develop a similar weapon to be used on ground vehicles. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program, commonly referred to as GBAD, aims…

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Northrop Grumman receives funding for electronic warfare systems for U.S. Army, Navy

Posted  June 11, 2014

Northrop Grumman has received funding to produce pre-production units of the APR-39D(V)2 radar warning receiver/electronic warfare management system. Under terms of the joint services contract with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman will produce 18 APR-39D(V)2 units. Delivery is anticipated in late 2014 to begin hardware-software and platform integration testing in 2015. The…

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NASA names Schmidt director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the…

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