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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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President signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

Posted  January 4, 2013

President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law Jan. 2. The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background. The…

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Boeing 737 MAX gets milestone order from Aviation Capital Group

Posted  January 4, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 2 an order by Aviation Capital Group (ACG) for 60 737 MAX airplanes. ACG's order, consisting of 50 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s, was finalized in December 2012.

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Posted  December 28, 2012

Business Problems with new 787 Dreamliner continue to plague Boeing;     Technology The amazing moment an unmanned rocket was launched thousands of feet into the air and landed in its original position; What are the health risks of space travel?; U.K. government to fund research into grapheme uses;     International China’s Beidou GPS-substitute…

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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led 1991 Operation Desert Storm, dies at 78

Posted  December 28, 2012

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, has died. He was 78.

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News Briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

Fighter jet’s sonic booms rattle California’s Central Coast Officials at Edwards Air Force Base have confirmed that an F-22 fighter jet conducting a test flight was behind a series of sonic booms heard along California’s central coast. Authorities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties say they received several calls Thursday from residents…

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Boeing, China Airlines announce order for six 777s

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and China Airlines Dec. 21 announced an order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines' fleet.

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GenCorp Foundation annual donations used to inspire a new generation of scientists

Posted  December 28, 2012

The GenCorp Foundation, serving as the philanthropic arm of Aerojet, announced Dec. 20 that it distributed $604,345 in grants, scholarships and matching gifts in 12 communities across the United States this year. “We focus on STEM education with the goal of encouraging young people to look at future careers in engineering and technology,” said Chris…

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Northrop Grumman supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman missile test Launch

Posted  December 28, 2012

Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system last month. The tests demonstrate and support assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the weapon system.

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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted  December 28, 2012

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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Boeing to provide two more C-40A transport aircraft to US Navy

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing has received a $145 million order from the U.S. Navy for two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft, increasing the service's ability to move military personnel and cargo around the world.

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