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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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Go West, new plane

Posted  November 30, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 29. Aircraft number 5708 is the fifth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Forceís Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as…

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Carter outlines U.S. security strategy in tight-budget era

Posted  November 30, 2012

In a speech at Duke University, Durham, N.C., Nov. 29, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter outlined new security strategies and challenges that he said will define the nationís future in a post-war era of fiscal constraint. Carter said the need to keep the departmentís ìfiscal house in orderî after more than a decade of…

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AIAA partners with three aerospace organizations to offer continuing education courses

Posted  November 30, 2012

AERO Institute, National Institute of Aerospace, and Ohio Aerospace Institute Partner with AIAA   The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has partnered with the AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif., the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va., and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, to expand its offerings of continuing education stand-alone courses for aerospace professionals….

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Orbital Antares rocket cold flow test expected soon

Posted  November 30, 2012

Orbital Sciences’ Antares space launch vehicle is being developed to carry cargo payloads to and from the International Space Station under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract. Its first stage is powered by two Aerojet AJ26-62 LOX/kerosene engines, and the second stage is an ATK Castor 30B. It will be test fired from the…

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Possible cause for Taurus payload fairing shroud failure

Posted  November 30, 2012

Continued analysis of the payload fairing failure to split and detach from the Orbital Taurus XL launch vehicle has fingered the possible cause. The heat-treated frangible rail designed to fracture when a pyrotechnic charge is detonated post-launch to shed the rocketís payload-fairing shroud has problems. There are potentially some extrusion problems with the way that…

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U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon to develop future Protected SATCOM System

Posted  November 30, 2012

Raytheon has been was awarded a $8.7 million from the U.S. Air Force to participate in development of the future protected tactical military satellite communication system. The Air Force’s objective is to identify cost effective architectures and component development paths for the future SATCOM system that will follow the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system. Raytheon…

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Boeing hopes defense cuts would spare tanker

Posted  November 30, 2012

Boeing expects its new tanker for the U.S. Air Force to be untouched by cuts in defense spending next year, its top defense executive said Nov. 29. Defense contractors have been getting ready for automatic defense cuts that are a part of the so-called fiscal cliff that starts in January if Washington lawmakers can’t strike…

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General Dynamics, Rafeal team to produce remote weapon stations

Posted  November 30, 2012

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., are offering the Samson line of Remote Weapons Stations to the U.S. military. These cost-effective and field-proven remote weapons stations allow a gunner to remain protected inside the vehicle while operating a weapon remotely. The larger variant…

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New Earth as Art book illustrates beauty of satellite views

Posted  November 30, 2012

A stunning array of images of our home planet, taken by Earth-observing science satellites, are featured in a new NASA publication. The book, “Earth as Art,” is available in hardcover, electronically, and as a free iPad application. The 158-page book celebrates the aesthetic beauty of Earth in the patterns, shapes, colors and textures of the…

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Meads successfully intercepts air-breathing target at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Medium Extended Air Defense System detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test Nov. 29 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success. MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily…

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