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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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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete war fighter analysis Workshops for AOC modernization program

Posted  September 25, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have completed the third in a series of war fighter analysis workshops for the Air Operations Center Weapon System modernization program. The workshops are part of the AOC WS rapid development and prototyping process that incorporates early user feedback to help reduce development costs and ensure operational success….

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Elbit Systems awarded contract for Super Cobra ongoing depot level service, support

Posted  September 25, 2013

Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in the United States, Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a $44.8 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to be performed over the next five years for the ongoing depot level service and support of the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter’s Night Targeting System. Separate delivery orders are anticipated to be issued to…

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Airbus sees world aircraft fleet doubling by 2032

Posted  September 25, 2013

Airbus is predicting that the number of jet planes around the world will double in the next 20 years, largely to satisfy demand in emerging markets, particularly China. At a press briefing in London, where it unveiled its market forecasts for the period up to 2032, the European plane maker said air traffic will grow…

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General Dynamics awarded $152 million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class submarine work

Posted  September 25, 2013

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $152.4 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine…

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Sikorsky S-76Dô helicopter flight simulator enters into Service

Posted  September 25, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and FlightSafety International jointly announced Sept. 24 the launch of the first full flight simulator for Sikorsky’s S-76Dô helicopter platform. Located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the new simulator replicates the aircraft’s exact flight and operating characteristics, ensuring high quality training for operators worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposal for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Posted  September 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions. According to the August 1 government solicitation, HoPS will provide the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. and other U.S. government organizations with “a…

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Study: Pentagon could cuts thousands of employees

Posted  September 25, 2013

The Defense Department could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 civilian employees without hurting U.S. fighting power, four former members of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a new report on military strategy and spending. Nearly $50 billion in budget cuts are recommended in the report released Sept. 24 and authored…

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Tiltrotor test rig team, including NFAC, receives NASA award

Posted  September 25, 2013

NASA Ames Research Center recently held their annual NASA Agency Honor Award ceremony which recognized the Tiltrotor Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.,Test Rig Development Team with a Group Achievement Award Aug. 29.

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Pratt & Whitney advancing sixth generation military engine technology

Posted  September 25, 2013

Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have begun testing of Pratt & Whitney’s unique, adaptive supersonic fighter engine fan rig based on a full-scale F135 development fan to advance the next generation of military fighter engine technology. The purpose of the adaptive fan rig test is to mature technologies associated with…

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CSAF begins counterpart visit in China

Posted  September 25, 2013

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody arrived in Beijing, China, Sept. 24 as part of a weeklong visit to China.

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