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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Army Research Lab, Purdue explore 3-D printing to fix deployed equipment, cut maintenance costs

Posted  August 14, 2013

New technology being developed by research engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Purdue University will soon help just about any soldier deployed in far-off locations to immediately spot and fix damaged aircraft and ground vehicle parts. Researchers found that combining the general purpose, finite-element analysis software ABAQUS with Python, an open-source code used…

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NASA Dryden pilots, photographers at CSC Science Camp

Posted  August 14, 2013

Several NASA Dryden pilots and photographers who had a central role in the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Tour of California last September shared their stories and images at the center's "Mission 26" hands-on science camp

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Northrop hosts ninth annual engineering competition, awards dinner for high school program

Posted  August 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman's Azusa campus recently concluded its year-end activities for the company's High School Involvement Partnership program with its ninth annual engineering competition and an awards dinner.

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NASA announces new strategic vision for aeronautics research

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation. Continuing a tradition of nearly a century of aviation research, NASA’s aeronautical innovators will bring to life new technology and ideas in flight to…

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Lockheed Martin selects CubeSat integrators for Athena to enhance launch systems integration

Posted  August 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin has chosen three world-class companies to provide CubeSat integration for Athena launch services. Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC of Irvine, Calif., TriSept Corporation of Chantilly, Va., and Spaceflight, Inc. of Tukwila, Wash. will provide turnkey CubeSat integration services for multi-payload and RideShare missions using Athena launch services beginning in 2015. We are very pleased…

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SNC’s Dream Chaser rolls through ground tests

Posted  August 14, 2013

Hours before the heat rose in the Mojave Desert of Southern California on Aug. 2 the Dream Chaser rolled out of a hangar at dawn as teams prepared to pull the flight vehicle through a series of 60 mph ground tow tests.

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Former Air Force leader passes away

Posted  August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was also a chief of staff of the Air Force, passed away†Aug. 10†in Falconís Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va. Retired Gen. David C. Jones served as the Air Forceís chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was…

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Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

Posted  August 14, 2013

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military’s most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press Aug. 13. Lt. Gen. James…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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Unique testing helps war fighter, saves lives

Posted  August 14, 2013

When large transport or rotary-wing aircraft support a mission in a deployed location, there’s always the threat of those wanting to harm to the lives and assets onboard. That includes risks from a range of shoulder-fired, vehicle-mounted and other infrared-guided missiles capable of following the path of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III or C-130…

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