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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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News Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Guard pilot ejects after jets collide Two Air National Guard fighter jets collided midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the sea and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Aug. 2. The other pilot involved in the collision was able to…

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China deal drives merger, acquisition activity in second quarter

Posted  August 2, 2013

Aerospace and defense merger and acquisition activity in the United States continues to be affected by sequestration and defense budget cuts in the second quarter of 2013. However, China played a positive role in the deal market where the pace of Chinese-involved deals has increased year-to-date, according to PwC US. In the two years since…

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Navy awards $1.9 billion for fourth phase of P-8A production, readies for first deployment

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy announced July 31 the award, to Boeing Defense and Security Systems, of a $1.9 billion firm fixed-price-contract for the procurement of 13 Low Rate Initial Production Lot 4 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft.

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Carter: Review reveals sequestration’s flaws

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget canít meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Aug. 1. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Departmentís strategic options under sequestration, Carter…

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Lockheed Martin selects Northrop Grumman’s SABR for the F-16 AESA radar upgrade program

Posted  August 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has competitively selected Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar for the U.S. Air Force and Taiwan F-16 radar modernization and upgrade programs. Work on the F-16 AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar program will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters facility in Linthicum. “The F-16 has been a front-line fighter…

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Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted  August 2, 2013

President Barack Obama Aug. 1 announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. Deborahís strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,î Obama said in a White House news…

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U.S. Navy, Boeing sign $2 billion order for 13 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a $1.98 billion contract for 13 additional P-8A Poseidon aircraft, continuing the modernization of U.S. maritime patrol capabilities that will ultimately involve more than 100 P-8As. The contract includes long-lead funding previously approved by the Navy. The Navy has now ordered 37 of the 117 P-8As it is expected…

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NASA’s Space Launch System completes preliminary design review

Posted  August 2, 2013

NASA has achieved a major milestone in its effort to build the nation’s next heavy-lift launch vehicle by successfully completing the Space Launch System preliminary design review. Senior experts and engineers from across the agency concluded Wednesday the design, associated production and ground support plans for the SLS heavy-lift rocket are technically and programmatically capable…

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Intelligence sharing through tactical glasses highlighted at Enterprise Challenge 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

  The Distributed Common Ground System-Army, or DCGS-A, participated in Enterprise Challenge 2013 at Fort Huachuca, July 15-26, demonstrating collaboration between the Army and industry through technology testing in a tactical environment. “The concepts that we’re proving and the capabilities that we’re demonstrating here at Enterprise Challenge 13 show that we can give decisions makers…

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Beechcraft secures largest general aviation propeller aircraft order in history, valued at $1.4 billion

Posted  August 2, 2013

Beechcraft Corporation announced Aug. 1 it has secured an order for up to a total of 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued at $788 million, from Wheels Up, representing the largest general aviation propeller driven aircraft order in history. Wheels Up is a membership-based private aviation program that eliminates fixed costs and provides unparalleled flexibility…

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