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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd Defense

Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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Lockheed Martin advances affordability across U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapons System to secure multi-year contract

Posted  January 8, 2014

Under a recent contract order for the production of Aegis weapons systems, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy championed an affordability approach that will drive cost savings into all phases of the program, including production, integration and test. The $574 million contract includes the production of seven destroyers (DDGs 117-123) and an option for one…

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NASA’s Swift catches x-ray action at Milky Way’s center

Posted  January 8, 2014

Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. This week, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society…

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FIFI-LS Spectrometer Readied for NASA’s SOFIA Observatory

Posted  January 8, 2014

The Field-Imaging Far-Infrared Line Spectrometer instrument was shipped from Germany to the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., in November 2013.

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Boeing completes first 702HP satellite for government of Mexico

Posted  January 8, 2014

Boeing has completed the first of two 702HP (high power) geomobile satellites, Centenario, for Mexicoís new Mexsat end-to-end satellite communications system. Mexsat will provide enhanced social communications to the people of Mexico, as well as capability for military, civil and humanitarian needs. Centenario will be stored by Boeing for the Mexican Ministry of Communications and…

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CITC becomes Drydenís first LEED-certified building

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA photograph by Tony Landis The Consolidated Information Technology Center was recently recognized as Drydenís first certified environmentally sustainable building to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standard by the U.S. Green Building Council. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center needed a larger and more efficient information technology facility. Now the center has one…

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Reservist leads project to connect American public, veterans

Posted  January 8, 2014

The idea germinated shortly after Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bernardi returned from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. A professor and chair of San Francisco State University’s cinema department, Bernardi found a distinct disconnect between the Special Forces soldiers whose operations he had spent much of his deployment documenting and the civilian community he had…

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U.S. Navy awards Lockheed $84 million contract for Paveway II

Posted  January 8, 2014

Lockheed Martin received an $84.5 million contract on Dec. 23 from the U.S. Navy to produce paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds. Under the four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics and product support to the U.S. Navy. “Lockheed Martin remains committed to providing U.S. Navy aircrews with the…

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B-52 upgrade to increase smart-weapons capacity

Posted  January 8, 2014

Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., will update ground maintenance and mission planning software in support of a new Air Force contract that will increase the B-52 Stratofortress's "smart-weapons" capacity by 50 percent.

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Recently reactivated NASA spacecraft spots its first new asteroid

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut down in 2011…

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NASA Dryden In 2013: Contributing to Aerospace Technology, Earth & Space Science

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., helped advance the agency’s overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2013.

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