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Northrop Grumman developing XS-1 experimental spaceplane design for DARPA

Northrop Grumman image Northrop Grumman Corporation with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1, shown here in an artist’s concept. In addition to low-cost launch, the XS-1 will serve as a test-bed for a new generation of hypersonic aircraft. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman with Scaled…

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Air Force, Creare develop technology

Courtesy photograph CREARE engineers test the 10 K cryocooler in a thermal vacuum chamber. The Air Force and the New Hampshire-based business developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance operation of space-based infrared detectors. The Air Force and Creare, a small, New Hampshire-based business, developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected…

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Bomber crews showcase take-off talents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8qr7ojpWg&feature=player_embedded Air Force photograph by SSgt. Sean Martin A B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines during a Minimum Interval Takeoff on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 14, 2014. Common place during the Cold War, a MITO challenges crews to get multiple aircraft airborne as quickly as possible in response to an alert call. Ten B-52H…

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Northrop Grumman, Navy integrate manned, unmanned flight ops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqiOzO8yV4A&feature=youtu.be Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki The U.S. Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Operating alongside an F/A-18, the X-47B demonstrated two successful launch and recovery sequences….

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Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell BF-17, Maj. Richard “BC” Rusnok and BF-18, Lt. Col. Jon “Miles” Ohman, fly behind a KC-130J, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013. The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses…


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NASA, ESA telescopes find evidence for asteroid belt around Vega

Posted  January 10, 2013

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies. The scientists used data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory, in which NASA plays an important role. The discovery of an asteroid belt-like band of…

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Lockheed Martin team passes pre-environmental review for solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  January 10, 2013

The Lockheed Martin team, awarded a contract by NASA in 2007 to design and build the Solar Ultraviolet Imager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series, has met the requirements of a Pre-Environmental Review. The review was held in November at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., by a…

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The most fearsome weapon is evolving

Posted  January 10, 2013

Courtesy photograph Courtesy photograph The first MC-130J to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Commandís newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider, lands at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 3, 2013. Modifications to the airframe will be completed in ten months and will be a milestone in the recapitalization of the AC-130H/U…

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Lockheed Martin to continue delivering IT services for United Kingdoms leading air traffic controller

Posted  January 10, 2013

NATS, the United Kingdom’s leading air traffic control company, has awarded Lockheed Martin a seven-year contract extension to continue support of air traffic management systems based at Swanwick and Prestwick control centers. Under this new extension, Lockheed Martin will also support the NATS flight data processing system. Lockheed Martin’s work with NATS encompasses a diverse…

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NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere

Posted  January 10, 2013

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing Earth. The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year airborne science campaign with a…

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Business Briefs – January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

General Dynamics awarded $133 million for Abrams Tank production   General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks….

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Lockheed Martin completes MUOS waveform to improve secure communications capabilities

Posted  January 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed and delivered the software waveform for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System. The new waveform will enable military satellite communications terminal providers to deploy equipment that takes full advantage of enhanced MUOS capabilities. A next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, MUOS will provide significantly improved and secure communications capabilities, including…

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NASA telescopes see weather patterns in brown dwarf

Posted  January 10, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed “weather map” yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs. The forecast shows wind-driven, planet-sized clouds enshrouding these strange worlds. Brown dwarfs form out of condensing gas, as stars do, but lack the mass…

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Headlines: January 7, 2013

Posted  January 7, 2013

Veterans Last of the 39ers: Great Escape hero who was shot down at the start of the war dies aged 98 Work to begin on unearthing 124 Spitfires buried in Burmese jungle during World War Two History Nazis secretly developed plot to drop radioactive bomb on New York from supersonic space rocket Technology Thunderbird 2…

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U.S., Canada think ahead to NORAD Next

Posted  January 7, 2013

More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Members of the Permanent Joint Board…

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