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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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THAAD, Aegis BMD successfully engage multiple targets during integrated BMD system test

Posted  September 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense Weapon System and the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test resulting in the intercept of two medium-range ballistic missile targets in an operationally realistic environment. The test was conducted at U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site and surrounding areas in the western…

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Raytheon awarded $136.2 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Posted  September 11, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $136.2 million contract for federal fiscal 2013 to remanufacture, overhaul and upgrade 19 Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems and produce four SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems. This contract includes a $94.8 million option for fiscal year 2014 covering an additional 12 Phalanx and four SeaRAM systems. The option, if exercised, would…

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German variant MEADS launcher arrives for integration into flight test configuration

Posted  September 11, 2013

The first Medium Extended Air Defense System launcher on a German truck has arrived in the United States, ready for integration into a future test scenario.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 30-year anniversary of first solar electric propulsion mission

Posted  September 11, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Sept. 11 that it is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its first Solar Electric Propulsion mission. In 1983, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s first SEP rocket engines were used on the RCA Americom Satcom-1R satellite. The Satcom-1R SEP engines were an early version of the modern Electrothermal Hydrazine Thrusters that used excess…

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Navy seeking academic researchers for two faculty programs

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Office of Naval Research is seeking applications from college and university professors for its 2014 Summer Faculty Research and Sabbatical Leave programs, ONR officials announced Sept. 11. “This year, we hope to increase the number of applications for potential research that will further introduce the academic community to Navy research opportunities,” said Bill Ellis,…

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Raytheon UK receives first order for its latest GPS Anti-Jam prototype

Posted  September 11, 2013

Raytheon UK has taken its first order for a pre-production MiniGAS, the latest in GPS Anti-Jam technology, designed and manufactured by the company in the United Kingdom. This contract, awarded by an undisclosed customer, requires Raytheon UK to produce demonstrator units for customer evaluation. MiniGAS is the latest in Raytheon’s GPS Anti-Jam family of products,…

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Headlines September 9, 2013

Posted  September 9, 2013

News: Give up weapons, Russia urges Syria - Russia has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control and then have them destroyed, in an attempt to avoid US military strikes. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the offer was made during talks with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, who welcomed the initiative.  …

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News Briefs September 9, 2013

Posted  September 9, 2013

Israel deploys missile defense near Jerusalem The Israeli military has deployed an ìIron Dome missile defense battery in the outskirts of Jerusalem. Associated Press video footage showed the missile defense system positioned there Sept. 8 afternoon. The Israeli military refused comment, citing operational protocol. Israel is concerned that Syria, or a group allied with the…

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Raytheon moves forward on DARPA Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program

Posted  September 9, 2013

Raytheon is moving forward with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on the agency’s Persistent Close Air Support program, whose software could enable ground troops to receive close air support sooner by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons. Originally designed for the A-10 Thunderbolt, the recently expanded PCAS program intends…

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PCAS could provide quicker close air support for ground troops

Posted  September 9, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is moving forward with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on the agency’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program, whose software could enable ground troops to receive close air support sooner by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons. Originally designed for the A-10…

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