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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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Northrop Grumman awarded follow-on contract for U.S. Air Force’s GPS-challenged navigation, Geo-registration solution

Posted  January 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. In the first two phases of the Maintain Accurate Geo-registration via Image-nav Compensation program, Northrop Grumman integrated georegistration algorithms in a vision-aided…

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Boeing begins 777X high-speed wind tunnel tests

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing announced Jan. 15 that high-speed wind tunnel tests have started for the Boeing 777X. Testing began last week at Boeing’s Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Last month, engineers started wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ’s facility in Farnborough, U.K., where testing of the low-speed performance of the airplane continues. “This is another important step forward…

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Sea Giraffe radar now AN/SPS-77(V)1 in U.S.

Posted  January 15, 2014

Saab Defense and Security USA announced Jan. 15 that Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy. The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system’s official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.  Partnering with General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal, SDAS is responsible for integrating the AN/SPS-77 radar…

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Boeing finds significant potential in “green diesel” as a sustainable jet fuel

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to…

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William H. Swanson to step down as Raytheon CEO

Posted  January 15, 2014

Raytheon announced Jan. 15 that its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, age 58, to serve as the chief executive officer of Raytheon, effective March 31, 2014.

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Budget uncertainty challenges readiness, official says

Posted  January 15, 2014

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagons acquisitions chief said Jan. 15. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke to an audience at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces under…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

Posted  January 15, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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NASA invites public to send names on an asteroid mission, beyond

Posted  January 15, 2014

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted  January 15, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question during a hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force Jan. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The commission is tasked to submit a report by Feb.1, 2014, to the president of the United States…

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Longbow missiles demonstrate littoral attack Capability

Posted  January 15, 2014

The U.S. Army and Navy, with assistance from Lockheed Martin, recently conducted Longbow missile demonstration firings to showcase the missile’s ability to counter littoral threats, making the weapon an effective candidate for potential use in operational shipboard launches.  During the demonstrations, multiple U.S. Army Longbow missiles were fired from a launch fixture provided by the…

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