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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd Defense

Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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Elbit Systems of America awarded two contracts to upgrade Marine Corps AH-1W attack helos

Posted  May 19, 2014

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has been awarded two contracts, totaling $14.1 million, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps’ upgrade of their Bell AH-1W attack helicopter fleet. One contract, in the amount of $11.6 million, calls for Elbit Systems of America to provide helmet display tracker system kits on…

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Gulfstream introduces the new G650ER

Posted  May 19, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. May 19 announced the new G650ER, an ultra-long-range aircraft that can travel 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90. This represents an increase of up to 500 nm/926 km over the range of the G650, which entered service in 2012. “The G650ER provides our customers…

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DOD joins efforts to suppress Southern California wildfires

Posted  May 19, 2014

The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said May 16.

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Space

Sierra Nevada Corporation completes critical wind tunnel tests for Dream Chaser spacecraft

Posted  May 19, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation has successfully completed the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dynetics announce strategic partnership

Posted  May 19, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne), a GenCorp company, and Dynetics have announced a strategic partnership in Huntsville, Ala., to enhance collaboration in aerospace technologies and systems. Based on marked success supporting NASA’s Space Launch System Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction program, AR and Dynetics plan to expand the existing partnership to include: high-temperature, lightweight materials; next…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science from space station

Posted  May 19, 2014

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m., EDT, May 18 in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will…

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GPS IIF-6 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted  May 19, 2014

ULA photograph A Delta IV rocket lifts the Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite into space May 16, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIF-6 is the sixth in a series of 12 next generation GPS satellites. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. The Air Force…

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Machinists union strikes at Stennis over pensions

Posted  May 19, 2014

As many as 116 Lockheed Martin employees at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., are on strike. Machinists union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Lodge 2249 voted down a contract offer May 15 from Lockheed Martin that would have ended worker pensions. “It’s a single issue that drove the strike vote,” Larkin…

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ULA successfully launches second GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force in less than three months

Posted  May 19, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:03 p.m., EDT, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2014, and the 82nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. “ULA is honored to…

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NASA announces space station research, development conference

Posted  May 19, 2014

The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, will host the third annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference June 17-19 in Chicago. The theme of this year’s conference is “Discoveries, Applications and Opportunities.” It is the only annual conference that explores, in detail,…

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