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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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Headlines July 10, 2013

Posted  July 10, 2013

News Hagel outlines ‘abrupt, deep’ cuts of $52 billion ahead U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 10 that if faced with $52 billion in automatic cuts next year, the Pentagon would do its best to “seek management efficiencies and controls on compensation growth before making cuts to force structure, modernization and readiness.” Pentagon eyes…

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Posted  July 10, 2013

Subcommittee approves NASA reauthorization bill The Space Subcommittee July 10 approved a draft bill to reauthorize programs at NASA for two years, including a topline budget of $16.8 billion dollars for the agency, which is consistent with the requirements of the Budget Control Act. My goal is to ensure that Congress ñ and this subcommittee…

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Lockheed Martin’s LRLAP projectile scores four-of-four in tests for U.S. Navy

Posted  July 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Land Attack Projectile recently completed four engineering verification flight tests, as part of the U.S. Navy’s System Design and Development program. During the tests conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., four projectiles were fired at various hard and soft targets located 45 nautical miles downrange. All four targets were destroyed….

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 beings in Ukraine

Posted  July 10, 2013

Exercise Sea Breeze, the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, began July 8, as representatives from the 16 participating and observing nations gathered together for the exercise's opening ceremony.

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Navy to attempt first unmanned carrier landing

Posted  July 10, 2013

The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time July 10, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of…

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GPS system improved as new Boeing satellite enters service

Posted  July 10, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Global Positioning System, which †millions of people use every day for precise navigation and timing, recently became more accurate and reliable as the fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite began operating in the U.S. Air Force network. Launched May 15, that satellite was handed over to the Air Force after 19…

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NASA selects seven projects for 2014 X-Hab Innovation Challenge

Posted  July 10, 2013

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected seven projects from six universities to participate in the 2014 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the undergraduate student teams will attempt to meet a series of milestones to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems and concepts that could be used…

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Raytheon awarded $80.5 million for Joint Standoff Weapon C-1

Posted  July 10, 2013

Raytheon has received an $80.5 million production contract award from the U.S. Navy to procure Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1’s. The contract was awarded in Raytheon’s second quarter of 2013. “JSOW C-1 enables the wa fighter to preciserly engage targets well beyond most enemy air defenses, thus limiting the threat of adversarial forces,” said Celeste…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted  July 10, 2013

NASA and its international partners have appointed three International Space Station crew members to round out future expeditions to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese Exploration Aerospace Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are scheduled to launch in June 2015. They will join three Expedition 44 crew…

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Pentagon releases first annual acquisition report

Posted  July 10, 2013

A recently completed defense acquisition program report, which is now before Congress, is part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what isn’t, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. Frank Kendall said the…

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