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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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International customer signs agreement for Raytheon’s TOW missiles

Posted  April 23, 2014

An international customer signed an agreement with the U.S. government for a foreign military sale of tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles to be supplied by Raytheon in a deal valued at approximately $750 million. Raytheon plans to deliver nearly 14,000 TOW missiles to the customer over a three-year period beginning in 2015. A resulting…

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General Dynamics opens new radio testing lab for MUOS satellite-ground station communications

Posted  April 23, 2014

General Dynamics C4 Systems has opened the MUOS Radio Testing Lab at its Scottsdale, Ariz., location. The U.S. Navy-approved laboratory is one of two that supports testing for radio-terminals intending to connect with the MUOS space-ground network. The lab is equipped with hardware and software that simulates the radio’s connectivity with the MUOS ground network….

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Arcturus UAV unveils JUMPô fixed wing VTOL UAV

Posted  April 23, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkay1cJmXI&feature=player_embedded April 22, Arcturus UAV unveiled JUMPô, a new vertical takeoff and landing system for their T-20 and T-16 fixed wing UAVs. “This is a pivotal moment in the history of small unmanned air vehicles. JUMPô is to UAVs what the touch screen was to smart phones,” according to D’Milo Hallerberg, president of Arcturus UAV….

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Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

Posted  April 23, 2014

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 “Dragon Lady”…

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Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

Posted  April 23, 2014

Australia announced April 23 that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian…

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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

Posted  April 23, 2014

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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Altus, McConnell AFBs selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft

Posted  April 23, 2014

Air Force officials announced April 23, that Altus Air Force Base, Okla., is the Air Forces KC-46A Pegasus formal training unit and McConnell AFB, Kansas, is the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base. The KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker remains one of our top three acquisition priorities, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee…

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Faster production brings Boeing $965 million first quarter profit

Posted  April 23, 2014

Boeing’s increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders. In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company’s assembly lines – more jets than the same period last year. That increased rate contributed to a $965 million profit for Chicago-based Boeing post in the…

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NASA Hubble instruments highlight new National Air and Space Museum exhibit

Posted  April 23, 2014

Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. “Repairing Hubble” recognizes the 24th anniversary of Hubble’s launch into space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features Hubble’s Corrective…

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Boeing names Ursula English environment, health, safety leader

Posted  April 23, 2014

Boeing April 22 named Ursula English as vice president of its Environment, Health and Safety organization. She will be responsible for leading the company’s workplace safety programs and its efforts to improve the environmental performance of Boeing products, services and global operations. Effective April 25, English will report to John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer…

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