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Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry.

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Budget cuts, growing threats affect space operations

Air Force photograph The Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or AEHF, system is a joint service satellite communications system that provides survivable, global, secure, protected and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. Advanced EHF allows the National Security Council and unified combatant commanders to control tactical and strategic forces at all levels…

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First two Australian F-35s roll out of factory

A ceremony was held July 24 at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating the official roll out of the first two F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.


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ISS commercial supply by SpaceX successful but secondary payload lost

Posted  October 18, 2012

Falcon 9 launched the CRS-1 mission to the International Space Station right on time at 8:35 p.m., EDT, Oct. 7 - the first planned launch opportunity.

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New ARL thermoelectric technology, approaches to reclaim wasted energy

Posted  October 18, 2012

In one of its latest research projects, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is investigating thermoelectric properties of materials on the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial System, and techniques that could convert heat into energy.

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News Briefs – October 17, 2012

Posted  October 17, 2012

Tribe wants part of contaminated rocket lab   A California tribe wants part of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab where rocket engines were tested at the dawn of the Space Age. Boeing owns the majority of the 2,850-acre former Rocketdyne testing facility near Simi Valley where there was a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959….

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Lockheed Martin completes F-35 full mission simulator installation at Yuma

Posted  October 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin has marked the completion of the first F-35 Lightning II Full Mission Simulators at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The air station will be home to the first operational Marine Corps F-35 squadrons worldwide. Two of six planned Joint Strike Fighter FMS systems have been installed on site. The FMS installation and…

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Navy awards General Dynamics $459 million for nuclear-submarine support work

Posted  October 17, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $459 million contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work and engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of this award, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering and logistics support and research…

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Army awards Northrop Grumman contract to Modernize Joint Tactical Ground Station

Posted  October 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $31.2 million contract from the U.S. Army to modernize the Joint Tactical Ground Station and improve the war fighter’s theater missile warning capability. The pre-planned product improvement contract includes initial development with several optional production and sustainment efforts expected to continue through 2022. “Northrop Grumman has a longstanding relationship…

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U.S. partners with Israel for Exercise Austere Challenge

Posted  October 17, 2012

More than 3,500 American service members will join with Israeli allies for Exercise Austere Challenge 2012 in Israel next week, U.S. and Israeli officials said Oct. 17. The exercise will be conducted throughout Israel and off-shore, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin and Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Nitzan Nuriel said during a…

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Aerojet awarded green propulsion technology demonstration mission contract

Posted  October 17, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that it will demonstrate a reduced toxicity monopropellant blend that offers improved performance and simplified handling processes over hydrazine, the traditional propellant choice for spacecraft. Under contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., Aerojet will perform the technology demonstration mission, known as the Green Propellant…

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Army offers early retirement opportunity for Soldiers

Posted  October 17, 2012

Soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of service may be eligible for early retirement.

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Lockheed Martin modernizes DCGS-I testbed for DOD

Posted  October 17, 2012

The mobile testbed used by the U.S. Department of Defense to assess new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies prior to their introduction into an operational environment has been modernized by Lockheed Martin. The Distributed Common Ground/Surface System-Imagery Testbed, which is used to integrate new ISR capabilities into the DCGS environment, has been upgraded to foster…

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