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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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MLB’s VTOL UAV demonstrates autonomous payload placement

Posted  March 15, 2013

MLB Company, a leader in low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle solutions, services and products, today announced it has concluded a DARPA funded research project to demonstrate precision autonomous delivery and placement of payload using its vertical take-off and landing UAV, the V-Bat. The MLB V-Bat was specially outfitted with a stereo vision system to detect and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 500th DAS sensor component for the F-35 Lightning II

Posted  March 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered its 500th AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System sensor to Lockheed Martin for integration into the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The DAS is a multifunction infrared system that provides passive, spherical battlespace awareness for F-35 pilots by simultaneously detecting and tracking aircraft and missiles in every direction, as well as providing visual imagery…

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Study finds soldiers’ PTSD diagnoses accurate

Posted  March 15, 2013

A report released March 8 by the Army’s surgeon general found a high degree of validity in the service’s diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho discussed findings of the Army Task Force on Behavioral Health during a media roundtable March 8 at the Pentagon. She said their report found…

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JHSV 2 successfully completes builder’s trials

Posted  March 15, 2013

Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 2, the future USNS Choctaw County, conducted builder’s sea trials March 7-8, in Mobile, Ala. The ship, now under construction at Austal USA, is the second ship of the JHSV class. Builder’s trials are a significant step in the construction and delivery of a ship to the fleet and are…

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Boeing, SWISS announce commitment for six 777-300ERs

Posted  March 15, 2013

Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines announced a commitment March 14 for six 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The airplanes, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, were selected for the airline’s long-haul fleet renewal. Boeing looks forward to working with SWISS to finalize the details, at which time the order will be…

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AUVSI study finds unmanned aircraft industry poised to create 12,292 new jobs in California in three years

Posted  March 15, 2013

March 12, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International unveiled new economic data, which finds that the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 12,292 new jobs in California the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system. Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015….

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F-35B arrives at Edwards for missions systems testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds BF-17 arrival at Edwards Air Force Base March 5. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II and is operated by the Marine Corps. It’s the first mission systems B-variant to arrive at Edwards. The F-35 Integrated Test Force expanded their…

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Groups urge changes in courts-martial procedures

Posted  March 15, 2013

An Air Force general’s decision to reverse a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case is fueling support for legislation that would prevent commanding officers from overturning rulings made by judges and juries at courts-martial proceedings. Anu Bhagwati of the Service Women’s Action Network told a Senate subcommittee March 13 that commanders are unable to…

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Fly-By-Wire F-15SA makes first flight

Posted  March 15, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and its prime contractor Boeing have completed a successful first flight of the new F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Edwards begins F-35 operational testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program March 6 with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft. The aircraft were flown by Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander and Maj. Matthew L. Bell, 31st TES Operations…

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