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History at a rest stop!

Kramer Junction was originally west of its current location on Highway 58 out by Boron. When the 395 crossed the current 58, the historical four corners became a reality. All that was needed was an owner who could see the potential of this desert crossing to make it flourish. Many of us AV residents have been over these roads many times.

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Sample return technology successfully tested on Xodiac rocket

Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, Calif., flight tested its pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac, on Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket on May 24, launching from Mojave, Calif., and landing to collect a sample of more than 320 grams of top soil from the surface of the desert floor.

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Edwards test squadron completes Joint Strike Missile test program

A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile.

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Parabolic flights advance space technologies

A recent series of parabolic flights onboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE aircraft demonstrated a variety of technologies selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The flight campaign consisted of two successful flights on March 21, 2018, lifting off from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. 

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A deep space communications hub in desert

When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. They were going to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.


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Business

Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 billion

Posted  September 20, 2017

Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK announced Sept. 18 that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. Orbital ATK shareholders will receive all-cash consideration of $134.50 per share. The agreement has been approved…

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Defense

Army to prioritize top equipment programs in service-wide review

Posted  September 20, 2017

Over the next several months, some 820 equipment programs -- including combat vehicles, aircraft, and even gear worn or carried by Soldiers -- are expected to be rank ordered by their importance to the Army's war fighting mission, as a way to determine if the Army is spending its limited resources in the best ways possible.

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Business

Upgraded laser outguns threat in half the time

Posted  September 20, 2017

A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats.

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Defense

Military budget would swell under Senate bill

Posted  September 20, 2017

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Sept. 18. The measure authorizes $700…

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Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod wins F-15C IRST competition

Posted  September 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track system for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C fleet. Lockheed Martin will produce more than 130 systems, which will be delivered for aircraft integration. Equipped with the company’s IRST21® infrared sensor and advanced data processing capabilities, Legion Pod provides long-range detection and tracking…

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