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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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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $212 million for DDG 1002 deckhouse, hangar, launch-system modules

Posted  August 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $212 million for the design and construction of a steel deckhouse and hangar and construction of aft Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules for integration into Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), the third ship of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. General Dynamics Bath…

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Lockheed Martin team completes environmental testing of the solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  August 5, 2013

A Lockheed Martin team has completed and passed the full range of environmental tests – electrical, mechanical and thermal – for the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite satellite mission, known as GOES-R. The team is…

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Headlines August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

News Canceling F-5 said to be among Pentagon options Canceling the $391.2 billion program to build Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is among options the Pentagon listed in its “strategic review of choices if forced to live with automatic budget cuts, according to people familiar with Defense Department briefings. Pentagon to investigate allegations of waste,…

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News Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Guard pilot ejects after jets collide Two Air National Guard fighter jets collided midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the sea and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Aug. 2. The other pilot involved in the collision was able to…

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China deal drives merger, acquisition activity in second quarter

Posted  August 2, 2013

Aerospace and defense merger and acquisition activity in the United States continues to be affected by sequestration and defense budget cuts in the second quarter of 2013. However, China played a positive role in the deal market where the pace of Chinese-involved deals has increased year-to-date, according to PwC US. In the two years since…

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Navy awards $1.9 billion for fourth phase of P-8A production, readies for first deployment

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy announced July 31 the award, to Boeing Defense and Security Systems, of a $1.9 billion firm fixed-price-contract for the procurement of 13 Low Rate Initial Production Lot 4 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft.

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Carter: Review reveals sequestration’s flaws

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget canít meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Aug. 1. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Departmentís strategic options under sequestration, Carter…

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Lockheed Martin selects Northrop Grumman’s SABR for the F-16 AESA radar upgrade program

Posted  August 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has competitively selected Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar for the U.S. Air Force and Taiwan F-16 radar modernization and upgrade programs. Work on the F-16 AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar program will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters facility in Linthicum. “The F-16 has been a front-line fighter…

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Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted  August 2, 2013

President Barack Obama Aug. 1 announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. Deborahís strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,î Obama said in a White House news…

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U.S. Navy, Boeing sign $2 billion order for 13 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a $1.98 billion contract for 13 additional P-8A Poseidon aircraft, continuing the modernization of U.S. maritime patrol capabilities that will ultimately involve more than 100 P-8As. The contract includes long-lead funding previously approved by the Navy. The Navy has now ordered 37 of the 117 P-8As it is expected…

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