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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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DOD reforms are about ‘leading by example,’ official says

Posted  December 6, 2013

The efficiency reforms announced yesterday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are about leading by example, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller said Dec. 5. Across-the-board cuts to the defense budget have affected nearly every corner of the Pentagon, but the present uncertainty in defense budgeting is only part of the reason for…

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61st Airlift Squadron receives C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  December 6, 2013

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another C-130J Super Hercules, which was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Ill., flew the Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin…

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NASA’s latest space technology small satellite phones home

Posted  December 6, 2013

PhoneSat 2.4, NASA’s next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are “go” for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA’s…

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Boeing delivers 13th P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy

Posted  December 6, 2013

Boeing has delivered the 13th production P-8A Poseidon ahead of schedule to the U.S. Navy, marking a perfect on-time record for the year. The aircraft’s arrival at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 4 follows the Navyís announcement of initial operational capability and first P-8A deployment last week. The versatile maritime patrol aircraft, based on…

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Milgaming site gets new look, improvements

Posted  December 6, 2013

The Army’s premier military gaming web site recently received a new look that makes it easier to navigate. The MilGaming web portal https://milgaming.army.mil provides a gateway to the Army’s Games for Training program, which is managed by the Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager — Gaming. TCM Gaming is the centralized planner, manager and integrator…

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Satellite cooling system breakthrough developed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Posted  December 6, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Weighing just over 11 ounces, and less than four inches long in greatest dimension, the microcryocooler is expected to have an operating life of 10 years or more. Scientists and engineers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center have developed the lightest satellite cryocooler, (cooling system) ever built. The breakthrough is seen…

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn Hexagon

Posted  December 6, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about…

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Vandenberg AFB launch propels nanosatellite into space

Posted  December 6, 2013

An Atlas V rocket launched Dec. 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space – and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world. The nanosatellite, about the size of a loaf of bread and weighing just 11 pounds, piggybacked…

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Air Force awards Aerojet Rocketdyne medium class stage III demonstration contract

Posted  December 6, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 2 that it has been awarded a contract under the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Propulsion Applications Program to demonstrate a Medium Class Stage III motor with propulsion technologies that are applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a GenCorp company. The contract includes development, fabrication and…

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Boeing, Saab sign joint development agreement on T-X family of systems training competition

Posted  December 6, 2013

Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement to jointly develop and build a new advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging T-38 aircrew training system.

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