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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

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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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

Posted  April 9, 2014

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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NASA looks to go beyond batteries for space exploration

Posted  April 9, 2014

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. The core technologies solicited in the Wednesday call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s…

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Posted  April 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alex Evers Integration of the payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite underway at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach, Calif., prior to its recent shipment. Northrop Grumman provides AEHF payloads to Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor. REDONDO BEACH, Calif….

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Significant milestone met as progress continues on AWACS upgrade

Posted  April 9, 2014

An important milestone was recently reached on a significant upgrade improving capabilities for the Airborne Warning and Control System, better known as AWACS.

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Joint Staff official discusses Russian military evolution

Posted  April 9, 2014

Russias conventional military is a regional power, but has limited capability for global power projection, the Joint Staffs director for strategic plans and policy told Congress April 8. Navy Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe discussed the evolution of Russian conventional military power during testimony alongside Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs,…

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Fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins Global Positioning System

Posted  April 9, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The accuracy of the Global Positioning System has been improved with the recent handover of a fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite to the U.S. Air Force. The newest addition to the GPS constellation increases the precision of position, navigation and timing data sent to users around the world. The satellite was…

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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

Posted  April 9, 2014

Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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Headlines April 7, 2014

Posted  April 7, 2014

News: Without Capitol Hill advocates, U.S. weapons cuts all but certain – Widespread opposition has yet to form around any single Pentagon proposal to cut a specific weapon system, indicating most could be implemented despite lawmakers’ protestations on behalf of parochial interests. Military hitting the breaking point on mental health problems – As more details come to…

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News Briefs April 7, 2014

Posted  April 7, 2014

U.S. strongly committed to protecting Japan Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security. Hagel says it’s understandable for nations to be concerned as…

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Scale model World War II aircraft takes flight with fuel from Sea Concept

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph by PO3 Gregory Pickett A replica of a World War II P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft was used at the Naval Research Laboratory to test “fuel from the sea” concept. The Naval Research Laboratory has developed and demonstrated technologies for the recovery of CO2 to hydrocarbons that can be used to produce designer fuel….

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