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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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News Briefs January 8, 2013

Posted  January 8, 2014

Four airmen killed in helicopter crash Four Airmen were killed in an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash at about 6 p.m. Jan. 7 near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast in England. Names of the airmen killed in the crash will be released 24 hours after next-of-kin notifications. U.S. military officials are coordinating the…

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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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