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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

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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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Orbital signs launch agreement with Skybox Imaging

Posted  February 21, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worlds leading space technology companies, announced Feb. 20 that it has signed a commercial launch contract with Skybox Imaging to carry six high-resolution imaging and video-capable spacecraft into low-Earth orbit in late 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Skybox spacecraft will be launched aboard the Minotaur-C space…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for SMSS-KMAX cooperative teaming demo

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System unmanned ground vehicle and K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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U.S. Navy tests infrared search, track on Boeing Super Hornet

Posted  February 21, 2014

The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navyís Super Hornets. “Adding an advanced infrared…

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Applications now being accepted for 12th annual Northrop Grumman engineering scholars program

Posted  February 21, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 12th annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide  $240,000 in college scholarships across Maryland this year to promising high school seniors interested in studying engineering. “Through this unique scholarship program, Northrop Grumman remains dedicated to encouraging Maryland’s brightest students to pursue a career in engineering,” said…

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AEDC tests large class rocket motor for USAF Nuclear Weapons Center

Posted  February 21, 2014

The rocket test team at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) state-of-the-art Large Rocket Test Facility J-6 performed a successful test of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Large Class Stage 2 (LCS2) rocket motor Feb. 19. This test, sanctioned by the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), was the largest solid propellant rocket motor test ever performed…

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NASA’s Chandra sees runaway pulsar firing an extraordinary jet

Posted  February 21, 2014

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy - of high-energy particles.

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2014 AFA symposium begins

Posted  February 21, 2014

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash German Air AttachÈ and Assistant Defense AttachÈ Col. Bernhard Altensberger answers a question during the panel discussion, “Growing Partnerships,” during the 30th Annual AFA Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014. Altensberger shared the panel with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for…

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Hubble watches stars’ clockwork motion in nearby galaxy

Posted  February 21, 2014

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our…

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John S. Rego joins Virgin Galactic as new CFO

Posted  February 21, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. ñ Feb. 18, Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced John S. Rego has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rego brings nearly three decades of finance, accounting and operations experience to the commercial space company. As CFO, Rego will provide overall strategic and operational direction to Virgin Galactics…

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GPS IIF-5 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS

Posted  February 21, 2014

The U. S. Air Force officials successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m., EST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.

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