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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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6th Boeing GPS IIF Completes On-Orbit Checkout

Posted  June 25, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation. These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal…

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U.S. Army places blimp-borne radar in strategic readiness

Posted  June 25, 2014

Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset. JLENS is a powerful airborne radar…

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New aircraft carrier recovery technology moves one step closer to fleet integration

Posted  June 25, 2014

The new Compact Swaging Machine, responsible for automating a current hazardous process and reducing Sailor workload, successfully completed its first operational fleet test aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) May 12

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ATK awarded contract to provide UltraFlex solar arrays for upcoming Mars InSight mission

Posted  June 25, 2014

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s concept depicts the InSight Mars lander at work studying the interior of Mars, powered by ATK’s UltraFlex arrays. ATK has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the…

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NASA launches Earth science challenges with OpenNEX cloud data

Posted  June 25, 2014

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to…

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Universal Space Network awarded long-term gateway contract by Boeing

Posted  June 25, 2014

Boeing recently contracted with Universal Space Network to design, build, operate and maintain a Mil-Ka Gateway for Boeing Commercial Satellite Services in support of the Global Xpress program.  Universal Space Network, acting as the prime contractor, brought together a team consisting of SSC Chile, ViaSat, and Telefonica/MoviStar to win the contract in a competitive environment. …

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U.S. advisers arrive in Iraq to begin sssessment

Posted  June 25, 2014

The first U.S. service members ordered to Iraq to help the Iraqi military counter a terrorist threat have arrived in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said June 24. About 90 troops have arrived in Baghdad, where they will join some 40 others attached to the U.S. Embassy to establish assessment…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS missile defense satellites

Posted  June 25, 2014

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System.

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Arotech Battery, Power Systems division unveils new hybrid power system

Posted  June 25, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Arotech Corporation announced June 25 a new Man Portable Hybrid Power Management System that its Battery and Power Division’s UEC Electronics subsidiary unveiled to the United States Department of Defense. This latest 3.5kW system is a prototype which satisfies an upcoming solicitation for the Mobile Electric Hybrid…

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Parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test

Posted  June 25, 2014

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft June 25.

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