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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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New SecAF to Airmen: With change comes opportunity

Posted  January 15, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi The Air Forces most senior leader gave insight into her life and shared career advice with Airmen across the Air Force during her first town hall Jan. 9. Speaking from the Pentagon auditorium, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke about her 32 years of defense experience,…

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Predator-series aircraft pivotal to search, rescue missions

Posted  January 15, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Jan. 15 that MQ-1 Predator® and Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA successfully supported local law enforcement officials in their efforts to find a missing mountain biker who was stranded and injured in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico last October. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft,…

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Lockheed Martin completes critical milestone to upgrade Navy’s electronic warfare defenses

Posted  January 15, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently completed a milestone test on the U.S. Navy’s evolutionary Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 2 system. This test further validated the system’s ability to protect the Navy’s fleet from evolving anti-ship missile threats. Under SEWIP Block 2, Lockheed Martin will upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers,…

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Northrop Grumman awarded follow-on contract for U.S. Air Force’s GPS-challenged navigation, Geo-registration solution

Posted  January 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. In the first two phases of the Maintain Accurate Geo-registration via Image-nav Compensation program, Northrop Grumman integrated georegistration algorithms in a vision-aided…

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Boeing begins 777X high-speed wind tunnel tests

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing announced Jan. 15 that high-speed wind tunnel tests have started for the Boeing 777X. Testing began last week at Boeing’s Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Last month, engineers started wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ’s facility in Farnborough, U.K., where testing of the low-speed performance of the airplane continues. “This is another important step forward…

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Sea Giraffe radar now AN/SPS-77(V)1 in U.S.

Posted  January 15, 2014

Saab Defense and Security USA announced Jan. 15 that Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy. The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system’s official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.  Partnering with General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal, SDAS is responsible for integrating the AN/SPS-77 radar…

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Boeing finds significant potential in “green diesel” as a sustainable jet fuel

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to…

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William H. Swanson to step down as Raytheon CEO

Posted  January 15, 2014

Raytheon announced Jan. 15 that its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, age 58, to serve as the chief executive officer of Raytheon, effective March 31, 2014.

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Budget uncertainty challenges readiness, official says

Posted  January 15, 2014

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagons acquisitions chief said Jan. 15. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke to an audience at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces under…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

Posted  January 15, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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