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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Fleet grows, training increases for F-35

Posted  June 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nicholas Egebrecht Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nicholas Egebrecht Maintainers from the 33rd Fighter Wing put the chocks on one of two new F-35A Lightning II fighters received at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 5, 2013. Including the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 based here, the training fleet…

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SAIC awarded contract by U.S. Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

Posted  June 12, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to provide electronics and communications services and solutions in support of mission capabilities within the Decision Superiority Portfolio. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total…

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SMC enters cooperative research, development agreement with SpaceX

Posted  June 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company’s effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space missions. This cooperative…

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SSL selected to provide satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT

Posted  June 12, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced June 11 that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet…

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Boeing transfers first C-17 to Indian Air Force

Posted  June 12, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Indian Air Force flew its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter. “The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world’s most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities,” said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff…

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OBVA Laboratory to test aviators’ visual capabilities

Posted  June 12, 2013

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, recently completed the installation of a high fidelity flight simulator in its Operational Based Vision Assessment laboratory.

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Northrop Grumman delivers second hosted payload for Enhanced Polar System protected communications

Posted  June 12, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman has delivered the second of two payloads that will be hosted on government-owned satellites to bring next-generation protected, Extremely High Frequency communications to users in the north polar region (above 65 ? North). Developed for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System (EPS), the payload efficiently leverages hardware and…

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Marks on Martian dunes may reveal tracks of dry ice Sleds

Posted  June 12, 2013

NASA research indicates† hunks of frozen carbon dioxide — dry ice — may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. Researchers deduced† this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance…

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Panel rejects request for military base closings

Posted  June 12, 2013

Another round of military base closings has hit a dead end. A Senate panel June 11 approved legislation rejecting the Defense Department’s request to shutter installations and facilities in the United States that are no longer needed as the military branches cut the number of troops in uniform. The House Armed Services Committee last week…

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NASA’s Chandra turns up black hole bonanza in galaxy next door

Posted  June 12, 2013

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered an unprecedented bonanza of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way.

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