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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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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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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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General Dynamics awarded $89 million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class submarine work

Posted  November 21, 2012

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $88.8 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine…

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Keeping the warfighter safe: 416th FLTS continues to enhance life-saving auto collision avoidance technology

Posted  November 21, 2012

Since the beginning of the partnership between the Department of Defense, NASA and Lockheed Martin, the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System has evolved into an instrument intended to keep civilian and military aircrew members fit to fly and fight another day. More than 25 years later, team members from the 416th Flight Test Squadron continue…

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Lockheed Martin completes critical environmental test on GPS III Pathfinder

Posted  November 21, 2012

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has completed thermal vacuum testing for the Navigation Payload Element of the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed. The milestone is one of several environmental tests verifying the navigation payload’s quality of workmanship and increased performance compared to the current…

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How Asia sees Obama’s pivot to the Pacific

Posted  November 21, 2012

A lot has happened in Asia while the United States was off fighting its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most of it can be summed up in one word – China. Fueled by China’s amazing growth and the promise of its huge and expanding consumer market, the Asia-Pacific region is now, as experts like…

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F-35A achieves maximum high angle of attack limit in four flights

Posted  November 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft rapidly expanded its high angle of attack (AOA) test envelope to its 50 degree limit in only four flights during recent flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. F-35A test aircraft are limited to AOAs of 20 degrees until their controllability is…

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NASA announces education research program award recipients

Posted  November 21, 2012

NASA has awarded $12.6 million to colleges and universities to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency’s mission. In addition to research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and support higher education students. The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. The program…

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News Briefs – November 19, 2012

Posted  November 19, 2012

Military: U.S. jet crash cause not lack of oxygen   The military says it doesn’t appear a failure of an F-22 fighter’s oxygen system caused the $190 million jet to crash in Florida. Air Force Col. David Graff said in a statement Nov. 16 that an initial review of the Nov 15 crash found the…

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F-35 leadership visits NAS Patuxent River test force

Posted  November 19, 2012

The program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II program and his deputy visited the integrated test force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Nov. 7, part of a series of similar tours around the country to the aircraftís development facilities. During the visit, program head Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet introduced his successor…

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NASA selects information technology flight operations support contract

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., to provide information technology support for systems that support a wide array of flight operations across the agency. NASA Aircraft Management Information System is an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity, contract managed at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The three-year base contract will be effective from…

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Lockheed Martin to demonstrate key component of tactical military satellite communications system

Posted  November 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin has been selected to apply its extensive experience with protected satellite communications to support a new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to demonstrate concepts that allow…

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