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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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Navy maintainers putting F-35s in air

Posted  August 26, 2013

Chief Petty Officer Ben DeWitt, of the Strike Fighter Squadron-101, preforms pre-flight checks on an F-35C Lightning II prior to a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Sailors, along with Airmen and Marines work directly with the LM maintainers to help put the joint strike fighters in the air.   A sailor uses a…

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U.S. Army awards Lockheed Martin $206 million for counterfire radar production

Posted  August 26, 2013

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $206 million in additional orders for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53), a long-range counterfire radar that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from indirect fire. This contract is for 19 Q-53 systems, formerly designated as EQ-36. To date Lockheed Martin has delivered 32 initial production systems to the U.S. Army and…

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Long-range radar program heading to next phase

Posted  August 26, 2013

A program office here working to provide warfighters with a new ground-based, long-range radar system is ready to move forward after the completion of recent prototype demonstrations. The Theater Battle Control Division’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, program office recently evaluated three prototype capability demonstrations during the pre-engineering and manufacturing development phase of the…

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California races other states to capture new space industry

Posted  August 26, 2013

As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces key leadership enhancements

Posted  August 26, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Aug. 23 key leadership changes and additions as it continues the drive to sharpen its focus on the company’s strategic priorities. Phil Anderson has been named senior vice president of Defense and Contracts, with responsibility for all company contracting as well as solidifying the structure to allow Spirit to pursue more…

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Xiamen Airlines finalizes order for Six 787 Dreamliners

Posted  August 26, 2013

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. “Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans,” said Che Shanglun, president and CEO of Xiamen Airlines. “The…

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Air Force releases nuclear enterpriseís future plan

Posted  August 26, 2013

The Air Force recently announced a long-term vision for the serviceís nuclear enterprise. The plan, signed by the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force and approved by the 4-star-level Nuclear Oversight Board, provides a framework for advancing and monitoring the overall health of the Air Force nuclear enterprise, supporting infrastructure and processes….

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Bales sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole

Posted  August 26, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. ñ A military jury Aug. 23 sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of SSgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales…

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Boeing rolls out first 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted  August 26, 2013

The second member of the super-efficient 787 family rolled out of the Everett, Wash., factory Aug. 24 to the flight line.

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Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson leaves NASA

Posted  August 26, 2013

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson has left the agency, after a 15-year career that included more than 31 days in space, for a position with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. A veteran of two space shuttle flights, Johnson served in 2008 as the pilot of STS-123, a mission vital to the…

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