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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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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program. Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research…

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Airbus Mobile assembly lineís first building taking shape

Posted  January 24, 2014

Airbus photograph With the placement of the final truss atop the roof this week, the construction of the first building in the Airbus Mobile Assembly Line complex has reached an important milestone. The entire ìskeletonî of the building can now be seen. This building is the Final Assembly Line Hangar, which is where A320 family…

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NASA launches third generation communications satellite

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency’s TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m., EST, Jan. 23 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite – part of a network providing…

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Headlines – January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

News: Virgin Galactic goes supersonic – Not content with breaking its own previous altitude records, an incredible video of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reveals the latest test flight also managed to smash through the sound barrier. The video, taken by cameras placed on carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo, show SpaceShipTwo reaching its maximum velocity of Mach 1.4, approximately 767mph…

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News Briefs January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Dead woman identified in homicide at Nellis AFB Authorities have identified a 34-year-old woman found dead at Nellis Air Force, Nev., in a case that led to the arrest of her husband on a murder charge. The Clark County coroner says Theresa Rivera died of asphyxia Jan. 17 at home on Kevil Circle at the…

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NASA set for big year in Earth science with five new missions

Posted  January 22, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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GA-ASI, Northrop showcase additional unmanned electronic attack capabilities

Posted  January 22, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 22 the second successful demonstration of PredatorÆ B/MQ-9 Reapers Electronic Attack capability featuring Northrop Grummans new Pandora Electronic Warfare system at the U.S. Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor course held at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 22. GA ASI is a leading…

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Space Florida, Israelís chief scientist announce request for proposals

Posted  January 22, 2014

This month, Space Florida and MATIMOP (Israel’s industrial center for research and development), on behalf of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office, issued a joint Request For Proposals for research and development projects sponsored by companies in both states. In October 2013, the States of †Florida and Israel formed a $2 million joint industrial research funding…

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Cubic Defense Systems awarded ACMI contract from Japan Air Self-Defense Forces

Posted  January 22, 2014

Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced Jan. 21 it received contracts valued at more than $12 million to supply additional rangeless Air Combat Training System equipment to the Japan Air Self Defense Forces. Cubics ACTS is a leading-edge system used for training fighter pilots in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat tactics. Using the…

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Boeing, GECAS announce order for 20 737 MAXs, 20 Next-Generation 737s

Posted  January 22, 2014

Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, announced Jan. 20 an order for 40 737s. The order, valued at $3.9 billion at list prices, consists of 20 737 MAX 8s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, booked in 2013, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer…

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