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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Raytheon test fires enhanced Marine Corps anti-tank weapon system

Posted  October 23, 2013

  Raytheon has successfully completed an initial round of live-fire testing with a new U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank weapon system. The upgraded, highly mobile, anti-armor LAV-AT weapon system is designed to protect reconnaissance and light infantry. Its mission is to defeat threats at long-range, day or night, and in all weather conditions….

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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GA-ASI’s improved Gray Eagle flies more than 45 hours non-stop

Posted  October 23, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 22 the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle® aircraft. IGE.

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NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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Boeing begins assembling third KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing is assembling a third KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett, Wash., factory, keeping the program on schedule to complete production of four test aircraft by the third quarter of 2014. “In addition to the three KC-46A tankers now in production, our System Integration…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Dassault Aviation to provide four systems for Falcon 5X

Posted  October 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Dassault Aviation to supply the Ram Air Turbine System, the SmartProbe® Air Data System, the Fire Protection System and the Throttle Control Unit for its latest Falcon 5X Business Jet. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will provide the systems through its Electric Systems business…

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Upgrades boost ballistic missile defense radar’s performance to protect against missile raid

Posted  October 23, 2013

Ballistic missile raids – large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons – may soon have a tougher time penetrating allied air defenses. Raytheon has started upgrading the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar’s signal and data processing equipment) to enable the “brains” of the radar to more quickly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats and enhance radar…

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS, ends demonstration mission for NASA

Posted  October 23, 2013

A cargo resupply demonstration mission by Orbital Sciences Corp. drew to a close Oct. 22 as Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station detached and released the Dulles, Va., company’s Cygnus spacecraft from the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days. The spacecraft delivered about…

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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 assembly line honored with ‘Assembly Plant of the Year’ award

Posted  October 23, 2013

Northrop Grumman's F-35 Integrated Assembly Line was named "Assembly Plant of the Year" by Assembly Magazine in recognition for the facility's world-class processes to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve quality.

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Missile Defense: An old idea uniquely suited for today’s global threats

Posted  October 23, 2013

Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, labs in Pyongyang are hard at work developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. With the North Korean threat apparently mounting, it’s essential for the United States…

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