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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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NASAs Super-Tiger balloon breaks records while collecting data

Posted  February 8, 2013

A large NASA science balloon has broken two flight duration records while flying over Antarctica carrying an instrument that detected 50 million cosmic rays. The Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (Super-TIGER) balloon launched at 3:45 p.m. EST, Dec. 8 from the Long Duration Balloon site near McMurdo Station. It spent 55 days, 1 hour, and…

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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forceís next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the softwareís ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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Iran airs images allegedly extracted from U.S. drone

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Iranian FARS news agency released this photograph of what it claims is the production line of an Iranian copy of the U.S. ScanEagle drone. Iran’s state TV has broadcast footage allegedly extracted from the advanced CIA spy drone captured in 2011, the latest in a flurry of moves from Iranian authorities meant to underline…

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GA-ASI successfully tests prototype DDR aboard Predator B

Posted  February 8, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced Feb. 7 the successful flight test of a prototype of its Due Regard Radar, a company-funded air-to-air radar system that supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne Sense and Avoid architecture for Predator RPA. GA-ASI is a a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. Detecting…

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Army advances two airborne radios

Posted  February 8, 2013

As the Army continues to advance its new tactical radio strategy, it is building on lessons-learned from the Joint Tactical Radio System program to drive innovation in radios for service aircraft. Following the recent Department of Defense decision to disband the Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio System, known as JTRS, and transfer…

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Aerospace deals drive uptick in fourth quarter M&A activity

Posted  February 8, 2013

Total merger and acquisition value increased in the aerospace and defense sector in the fourth quarter of 2012, following an anemic first nine months of the year, according to Mission Control, a PwC U.S. quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector. Aerospace deals continued to represent the bulk…

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SecDef, Joint Chiefs chairman discuss carrier decisions

Posted  February 8, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey brief the press at the Pentagon. Panetta and Dempsey went in depth on the drastic effects of sequestration should it take effect at the end of March. Deep, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled…

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Boeing, SilkAir sign exclusive pilot training agreement

Posted  February 8, 2013

Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement Feb. 6. The training agreement will support SilkAir’s fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief Executive. “The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a smooth transition when we take…

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Panetta warns sequestration threatens national readiness

Posted  February 8, 2013

In some of his strongest language to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Feb. 6 that looming, massive cuts in the Defense Department budget set to be triggered by sequestration next month would pose the “most serious readiness crisis” to the country in over a decade. Panetta made the comments during a speech to…

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Northrop Grumman successfully flight demonstrates new mission management control system for UASs

Posted  February 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman successfully flew a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for the first time using open architecture-based command and control software and hardware developed by the company, moving the company one step closer to offering its common Mission Management Control System product, which can be implemented across various unmanned aircraft systems to improve mission effectiveness…

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