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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

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’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Northrop Grumman delivers AEHF Flight 4 antenna precision pointing unit

Posted  September 13, 2013

The recent delivery of an electronics unit for the U.S. Air Force's fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite continued Northrop Grumman's performance building protected communications payloads for the AEHF fleet.

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GPS III, OCX satellite launch, early orbit operations successfully demonstrated

Posted  September 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the third of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate the launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 3, on Aug. 1, was a key…

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LONGBOW LLC receives $51 million contract for Republic of Korea Apache radar systems

Posted  September 13, 2013

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has received a $51 million foreign military sales contract to provide the Republic of Korea with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.

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Headlines September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

News: Four destroyers, aircraft carrier to remain near Syria – The Navy will keep four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and an aircraft carrier strike group in the Red Sea to maintain a “strong military posture” for a potential strike on Syria, the Pentagon said Sept. 12. “We have no plans at this time to change…

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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Virginia senators: DOD should reconsider moving AFRICOM Virginia’s U.S. senators hope a recent Government Accountability Report will reopen the possibility of moving the military’s Africa Command from Germany to Virginia. Africa Command’s area of responsibility covers the African continent minus Egypt. When the Defense Department created AFRICOM in 2007, it temporarily located its headquarters in…

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Orbital rolls out Antares rocket to Wallops launch pad for COTS demo mission to ISS

Posted  September 16, 2013

Sept. 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out its Antares™ rocket that will launch the company’s first Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station for its demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services joint development program with NASA.

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Navy secretary says he’s committed to ship program

Posted  September 16, 2013

MARINETTE, Wisc. – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he is committed to plans to buy more than 50 littoral combat ships despite budgetary concerns and questions about their cost. Mabus spoke Sept. 12 at Marinette Marine Corp., where four of the ships designed to operate in shallow waters are under construction, according to Press-Gazette Media….

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NASA partner Boeing completes mission control center interface test

Posted  September 16, 2013

For the first time, the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has tested communications with a commercial, crew-capable spacecraft, as The Boeing Company conducted an interface test between the MCC and software planned for the company’s CST-100 spacecraft. Boeing has partnered with NASA to develop a fully integrated crew transportation system,…

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AFA Air & Space Conference comes to AF.mil

Posted  September 16, 2013

A new iteration of the Air Force Association’s annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition is set to take place Sept. 16-18 at National Harbor, Md.

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Journey home: Final C-17 leaves Boeing for Charleston

Posted  September 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Dennis Sloan The sun rises above the final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, P-223, as crew members arrive at the Boeing plant Sept. 12, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. The C-17 was flown from California to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. As the sun rose above Long Beach, Calif., the…

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