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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Lockheed Martin Kestrelô Autopilot now available for international sales

Posted  May 14, 2014

The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and they are now controlled under the Export Administration Regulations. “We are looking…

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Sam’s Club opens doors to U.S. armed forces May 17

Posted  May 14, 2014

To honor Armed Forces Day, May 17, and celebrate America’s past and present troops, all 624 U.S. Sam’s Club locations will offer free shopping passes to military personnel, veterans, retirees and their families so they can save on home and business essentials. To receive the temporary one-day pass, guests should show military ID or proof…

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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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Lockheed Martin introduces latest addition to small unmanned aircraft system family

Posted  May 14, 2014

Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system. With a gross takeoff weight of only four pounds and a vertical profile of only four inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance. “We are proud to…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with NASA cargo set for return to Earth

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. Dragon is set to be…

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NASA center ceremony honors two aerospace legends

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich A black cloak is pulled to reveal the new name of NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center to conclude ceremonies May 13 honoring the center’s new designation. Two aerospace legends and their families were honored at a formal dedication ceremony May 13, marking the rededication of NASA’s Armstrong Flight…

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Starlight Festival coming to Big Bear

Posted  May 14, 2014

The 2014 StarLight Festival will be held at the Northwoods Resort & Conference Center May 24 and 25. Located at 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, Calif., the event will be open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. both days. The free event features a wide array of speakers sharing their insights on space exploration, robots, the Sun…

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UTC Aerospace Systems to continue development of a UUV energy-dense PES propulsion system

Posted  May 14, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion energy program. During these follow-on phases, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) will continue the design and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane based Fuel Cell Energy System for a…

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California faults moved quietly after Baja quake

Posted  May 14, 2014

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude 4.9 to 5.3 earthquake.

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Only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world coming to Lancaster

Posted  May 14, 2014

Residents of Lancaster, Calif., will experience ìhands onî history next week when the Commemorative Air Forceís iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, lands at Fox Field accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and several other vintage World War II airplanes. The airplanes will be on display May 19 through 21. Visitors will be able to tour…

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