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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Northrop Grumman receives $3.6 billion multiyear contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

Posted  July 3, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.6 billion fixed price, incentive fee multiyear contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 50.

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Face of Defense: France honors World War II veterans

Posted  July 3, 2014

Navy photograph by PO1 David Kolmel Aboard the French FlorÈal-class frigate FS Prairial berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Rear Adm. Anne Cullere, commander in chief of French forces in the Pacific, presents U.S. World War II veteran Shuji Akiyama, whoíd fought with the 100th Battalion, the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor during…

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Watching Earth breathe

Posted  July 3, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

Posted  July 3, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

Posted  July 3, 2014

ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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Lockheed Martin to freeze pension plan for U.S.-based salaried employees

Posted  July 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin announced July 1 that it will freeze its salaried defined benefit pension plan and transition employees to an enhanced defined contribution retirement plan. The change will take effect in a two-step approach, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, with the freeze of pay-based benefits and concluding with the freeze of service-based benefits Jan. 1, 2020….

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JSTARS Recap team holds industry week

Posted  July 3, 2014

Air Force photograph by Mark Herlihy A Gulfstream aircraft takes off from the flightline at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 10, 2014. Potential contractors brought airframes in to display during the Joint STARS Recapitalization Indusry Week. The program office responsible for the event intends to equip new system onto a smaller, more efficient airframe….

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Raytheon to award student veterans $30,000 in scholarships

Posted  July 3, 2014

Raytheon and Student Veterans of America will open the application process for the Raytheon-SVA Scholarship July 4, 2014, to be presented to three student veterans pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering fields and who have demonstrated leadership in their local communities. Three $10,000 scholarships will be awarded, for a total commitment of $30,000. Applications…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, P-8A Poseidon to make first air show appearances at Farnborough

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing confirmed July 2 that the new 787-9 Dreamliner and the P-8A Poseidon will participate for the first time in flying displays at the Farnborough International Airshow, which runs July 14-20. This year’s airshow marks the 40th anniversary of Boeing’s participation at Farnborough. The 787-9 ñ flight test airplane ZB001 — will be on static…

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Autonomous vehicles to exploit capabilities of machines, soldiers

Posted  July 3, 2014

Before long, soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems.

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