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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

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 mission discovers particle accelerator in heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts

Posted  July 26, 2013

Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe and known as the Van Allen radiation belts. New results from NASA’s Van Allen Probes show the acceleration energy is in…

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100th jet in final production; first F-35 bound for Luke

Posted  July 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Wilson   The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., has entered the last stage of final assembly. This conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-41, is scheduled to arrive at the base next year. During final assembly,…

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NASA astronauts demonstrate operations in Boeing CST-100 spacecraft

Posted  July 26, 2013

Two NASA astronauts for the first time evaluated communications, ergonomics and crew-interface aspects of the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 capsule.

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Lockheed Martin ships NIRCam for Webb telescope to NASA

Posted  July 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly and testing of the Near Infrared Camera and has shipped the instrument to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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NASA’s WISE finds mysterious centaurs may be Comets

Posted  July 26, 2013

The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. Are they asteroids or comets? A new study of observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer finds most centaurs are comets. Until now, astronomers were not certain whether centaurs are asteroids…

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Army honors service, sacrifice of Korean War veterans

Posted  July 26, 2013

Just three days in advance of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended fighting in Korea, veterans who fought in that conflict were honored with a Twilight Tattoo in the nation's capital.

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Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

Posted  July 26, 2013

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff.

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NASA IRIS observatory – designed, built By Lockheed Martin – sees first light

Posted  July 26, 2013

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun’s hot corona is transported.

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Northrop Grumman to supply steering gear systems for Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers

Posted  July 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked to…

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News Briefs July 24, 2013

Posted  July 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman second quarter net income rises two percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said July 24 that second-quarter net income rose 2 percent, easily beating Wall Street expectations, and the company boosted its outlook for the full year. Northrop Grumman, based in Falls Church, Va., earned $488 million, or $2.05 per share, up from $480…

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