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Northrop Grumman developing XS-1 experimental spaceplane design for DARPA

Northrop Grumman image Northrop Grumman Corporation with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1, shown here in an artist’s concept. In addition to low-cost launch, the XS-1 will serve as a test-bed for a new generation of hypersonic aircraft. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman with Scaled…

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Air Force, Creare develop technology

Courtesy photograph CREARE engineers test the 10 K cryocooler in a thermal vacuum chamber. The Air Force and the New Hampshire-based business developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance operation of space-based infrared detectors. The Air Force and Creare, a small, New Hampshire-based business, developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected…

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Bomber crews showcase take-off talents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8qr7ojpWg&feature=player_embedded Air Force photograph by SSgt. Sean Martin A B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines during a Minimum Interval Takeoff on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 14, 2014. Common place during the Cold War, a MITO challenges crews to get multiple aircraft airborne as quickly as possible in response to an alert call. Ten B-52H…

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Northrop Grumman, Navy integrate manned, unmanned flight ops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqiOzO8yV4A&feature=youtu.be Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki The U.S. Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Operating alongside an F/A-18, the X-47B demonstrated two successful launch and recovery sequences….

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Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell BF-17, Maj. Richard “BC” Rusnok and BF-18, Lt. Col. Jon “Miles” Ohman, fly behind a KC-130J, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013. The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses…


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Herschel finds star possibly making planets past its prime

Posted  February 1, 2013

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system. The findings were made using the…

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Northrop Grumman delivers CIRCM system to U.S. Army ahead of schedule

Posted  February 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Paul Lang (right), director of CIRCM programs at Northrop Grumman in Rolling Meadows, Ill., presents Clinton Sprately of Program Management Countermeasures, U.S. Army, with the initial delivery of CIRCM hardware under acceptance testing procedure. Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of eight Common Infrared Countermeasures missile defense systems to the U.S. Army…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides in-country depot level repairs to Colombian Army Black Hawk fleet

Posted  February 1, 2013

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Jan. 30 plans to structurally repair seven damaged UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters for the Colombian Army at its base depot in Tolemaida, Colombia. To ensure sustained support for operations as mandated by the Colombian Army, the Colombian Army Aviation (part of the Army’s Combined Arms Team) has continued to expand its…

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SMA explains way ahead for women in combat

Posted  February 1, 2013

Army photograph by David Vergun Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III recognizes soldiers for their achievements during his visit, Jan. 29, 2013, to the the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Charlottesville, Va. During his visit with the NCOs, he fielded a number of questions, including one on his views of women in combat….

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NASA, ATK complete second in series of key avionics, controls testing for NASA’s SLS booster

Posted  February 1, 2013

NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program Jan. 30 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a “hot fire” of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control, the new…

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Scaled Composites names Kevin Mickey president, Cory Bird vice president

Posted  February 1, 2013

Kevin Mickey, president of Scaled Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. Scaled Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, announced Jan. 31 that it has named Kevin Mickey president and Cory Bird vice president, effective immediately. “Kevin and Cory have been instrumental in keeping the trains of innovation moving for over 20…

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Northrop Grumman completes all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with delivery of the aft-optical system

Posted  February 1, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman accepted delivery of the aft-optical system from teammate Ball Aerospace, marking the completion of all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of the Webb Telescope’s optics, sunshield and…

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Northrop Grumman’s next-generation Fire Scout to beef up avionics protection

Posted  February 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received the first protective cage for its next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will store and shield the aircraft's critical electronic components from strong electric fields and electromagnetic waves.

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Airmen gear up for largest B-1 modification

Posted  February 1, 2013

Photograph courtesy of Jake Melampy Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is gearing up for the largest B-1 modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade. Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, are gearing up for the largest…

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1994 Direct Combat Definition, Assignment Rule rescinded, new billets for Navy women

Posted  February 1, 2013

As a result of the Department of Defense's rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women.

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