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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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General Dynamics appoints president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

Posted  June 10, 2013

General Dynamics announced June 6 that Thomas W. Kirchmaier has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, reporting to David K. Heebner, executive vice president of the company’s Information Systems and Technology group. Kirchmaier succeeds Lewis F. Von Thaer, who resigned in April. The…

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NASA selects new suborbital payloads, total tops 100 experiments

Posted  June 10, 2013

NASA has selected 21 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. This latest selection represents the sixth cycle of NASA’s continuing call for payloads through an announcement of opportunity. †More than 100 technologies with test flights now have been facilitated through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s…

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NASA announces 2013 space technology research grants

Posted  June 10, 2013

NASA has selected 65 graduate students as the 2013 class of Space Technology Research Fellows. This third class of space technology graduate students will conduct research relevant to agency technology challenges aligned with NASA’s space technology roadmaps, while pursuing degrees in related disciplines at their respective institutions. “NASA’s space technology development and innovation pipeline sees…

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Lockheed Martin receives $34 million JASSMÆ contract for Additional integration onto Finnish Air Force F-18

Posted  June 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $34.2 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. Finland is the second international customer for JASSM. This second contract for Finland includes test missiles, software development and engineering documentation. The…

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Japanese troops head to California beach for training

Posted  June 10, 2013

Japanese troops will converge on California’s southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country’s amphibious attack abilities. U.S. and Japanese military officials said the unprecedented training, led by U.S. Marines and sailors, will help Japan’s Self-Defense Force operate in stronger coordination with…

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Dryden Rename

Posted  June 10, 2013

NASA photograph This 1960 image provided by NASA shows Neil Armstrong standing by an X-15 rocketplane after a test flight. Armstrong later went on to become the first man to walk on the moon. A bill in Congress wants to rename the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California after the Apollo 11 astronaut…

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Wyle Engineering Support to modernize C-5 life raft system

Posted  June 10, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -Wyle has been awarded an $850,000 contract to help update the 1960s-era 25-person life rafts used aboard the U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft. Wyle’s work at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., includes developing a technical data package and prototypes. Obsolescence issues make it increasingly…

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Academy cadets operate small unmanned aircraft systems

Posted  June 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Melanie Holochwost U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Warren Saunders launches an RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft system during an initial qualification training course June 5, 2013, at Choctaw Airfield, Fla. The Raven is a lightweight, low-altitude SUAS that provides real-time imagery directly to the user. Eleven U.S. Air…

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Advanced drone, aerospace business remains in South Africa

Posted  June 10, 2013

One of Africa’s oldest aerospace companies, Advanced Technology and Engineering Company (ATE), manufacturers of high-tech products for the global defense industry, has been saved from liquidation with vital technology and skills now staying in Africa, thanks to the acquisition by Africa’s largest privately owned defense and aerospace business, Paramount Group. Ownership of the aeronautical engineering…

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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 supplier in Israel delivers first advanced composite component from FMS

Posted  June 10, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman Corporation’s supplier in Israel – Elbit Systems-Cyclone – delivered its first advanced composite component for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman. This delivery is a significant milestone for the F-35 program, as it is the first composite part manufactured by…

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