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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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Headlines July 31, 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

News European aerospace group to adopt ‘Airbus’ name as civil aircraft demand soars The parent company of European jet maker Airbus says its profit soared in the first half and it has announced a corporate shakeup to give new prominence to its civil aviation division.   Business Boeing pressed to refund $13 million in parts…

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News Briefs: July 31, 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,119 As July 30, 2013, at least 2,119 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,757 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Boeing expands 787 flight training support in Europe

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing announced July 31 it is enhancing its flight training support for customers of the 787 Dreamliner with an additional 787 full-flight simulator at the Boeing Flight Services campus in London. The new device will be ready for training in the first quarter of 2014 and will join two other 787 flight simulators currently used…

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Curtiss-Wright awarded contract from Irkut Corporation

Posted  July 31, 2013

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced July 31 the receipt of a contract from Irkut Corporation to supply the flight data recording system for use on the MC-21 aircraft program. The initial contract is valued at approximately $21 million, with an estimated future value over the life of the program in excess of $50 million. Shipment of the…

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NASA completes first internal review of concepts for asteroid redirect mission

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA has completed the first step toward a mission to find and capture a near-Earth asteroid, redirect it to a stable lunar orbit and send humans to study it. In preparation for fiscal year 2014, a mission formulation review on Tuesday brought together NASA leaders from across the country to examine internal studies proposing multiple…

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Boeing Defence Australia takes on prime role for Wedgetail sustainment

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing Defence Australia, a local subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control fleet from Boeing in the United States. The move ensures a continued high level of readiness for the nation’s command and control aircraft fleet. Through a…

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General Dynamics awarded SSC Atlantic contract for enterprise full systelLifecycle Support

Posted  July 31, 2013

General Dynamics has been awarded one of fifteen prime contracts for the Business and Force Support Multiple Award Pillar contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to provide services including worldwide command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to various locations. The multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract…

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Principle agreement reached on two lower cost F-35 contracts

Posted  July 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin reached an agreement in principle for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts (Low-Rate Initial Production lots 6 and 7), which is expected to include 71 stealth fighter aircraft and continue a reduction in F-35 aircraft pricing. The contracting effort spanned six months from proposal…

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NASA selects snow, ice distributed active archive center contract

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA has selected the University of Colorado Boulder for the management and operations of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center. This cost, no-fee completion contract is worth about $42 million. The base performance period is from Aug. 1 through May 31, 2014, with four one-year extension…

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General Dynamics awarded $33 million for U.S. Navy Aegis illuminators

Posted  July 31, 2013

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $32.6 million multi-year contract by the U.S. Navy for the production of MK82 gun and guided-missile directors and MK200 director controllers for six Aegis Weapon System ship sets. The MK82 director, commanded by the MK200 controller, positions the fire control antenna to illuminate targets and provide…

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