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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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Headlines October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Business: Raytheon profit falls 2.8 percent as company raises forecast – Raytheon said third quarter profit fell 2.8 percent amid U.S. budget cuts, while the world’s largest missile maker raised its full year earnings forecast on gains in international sales. Contractor earnings rise amid U.S. budget cuts, shutdown – The biggest U.S. defense contractors, led by Lockheed…

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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Military supplier blames closure on U.S. shutdown, sequester PORT HURON, MICH. ó A Michigan company that makes camouflage items for the military says the partial government shutdown is one reason itís going out of business. The Detroit News says that Port Huron-based GMA Cover Corp. announced the closing in a letter to its employees Oct….

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Customized integrated circuit deliveries bolster Advanced EHF communication payloads

Posted  October 25, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Recent deliveries of application-specific integrated circuits are getting Northrop Grumman’s production of payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communication satellites off to a strong start. More than 800 ASICs delivered by Honeywell Aerospace in Plymouth, Minn., and BAE Systems of Arlington, Va., bolster…

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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Damien A. Guarnieri A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 24. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial…

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61st Airlift Squadron receives first C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 24. A crew from the squadron ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st AS, which has operated C-130s since 1956,…

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Lockheed Martin conducts third successful flight test of new GMLRS warhead

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted the†third† engineering development test flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate all test objectives were achieved. During the short-range test, three GMLRS rockets were launched from an MLRS M270A1 launcher and each destroyed its respective ground-based target…

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Gray Eagle completes 20,000 automated takeoffs, landings

Posted  October 25, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that its Gray EagleÆ Unmanned Aircraft System has reached a record 20,000 successful automatic launch and recoveries with the Automatic Takeoff and Landing System. This milestone was achieved on September 25 and comes just…

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Celebrated pilot and Vietnam POW dies at 88

Posted  October 25, 2013

Retired Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner, a celebrated Korean War jet fighter ace and Vietnam prisoner of war, died Oct. 22 at Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, Va.

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Boeing, Korean Air finalize order for 12 twin-aisle airplanes

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing and Korean Air have finalized an order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners that was announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has also announced an order for one additional 787 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is valued at $3.9…

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Boeing delivers Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways. It is Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier’s fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations. “The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for…

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