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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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Joint program suspension lifted, F-35s fly again at Eglin

Posted  March 6, 2013

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov F-35 A and B operations began again March 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a two-week cautionary suspension grounded the aircraft. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Feb. 19 caused the recent suspension. Another short-lived season of “cautionary suspension” has been…

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MD 540F Armed Scout helicopter to be powered by New Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine

Posted  March 6, 2013

MD Helicopters Inc., a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, has selected the Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine to power its MD 540F armed scout helicopter. “The M250-C47E is decisively matched with the performance capabilities of the MD 540F,” said Carl Schopfer, president of MDHI. “This engine will efficiently…

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Northrop Grumman announces centers of excellence in Florida, California, New York

Posted  March 6, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced March 4 it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector’s manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. In addition, the company announced plans to close an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. “Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our…

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Ministry of Transport signs for four S-76D™ helicopters for SAR mission in China

Posted  March 6, 2013

China’s Ministry of Transport’s Rescue and Salvage Bureau has signed a contract for the supply of four Sikorsky S-76D™ search and rescue helicopters, with an option for another four next year, to further enhance MOT’s maritime search and rescue capabilities, Sikorsky Aircraft announced March 5 from the Heli-Expo industry show. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United…

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Seal Beach trains first responders during Exercise Citadel Shield

Posted  March 6, 2013

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach participated in the annual security training exercise known as Citadel Shield 2013 from Feb. 26 to March 1. Citadel Shield is the largest force protection and anti-terrorism exercise of the year and is conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States. “It’s designed to enhance the training…

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Eight is Great: Davis-Monthan AFB receives additional HC-130J Combat King II

Posted  March 6, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Key Lockheed Martin delivered an HC-130J Combat King II to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 6. Aircraft number 5717 is the eighth of 15 HC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Combat Command since initial contract award in 2008. The HC-130J Combat King II, along with the existing HC-130…

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Lockheed Martin receives $71 million long range anti-ship missile contract from DARPA

Posted  March 6, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $71 million Long Range Anti-Ship Missile modification contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to conduct air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities.

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Schwarzkopf laid to rest at West Point with honor, fond memories

Posted  March 6, 2013

Twenty-two years to the day when Operation Desert Storm ended, the general who commanded the coalition force ground offensive was laid to rest at West Point, N.Y. A memorial service for retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a U.S. Military Academy Class of 1956 graduate, was held at the Cadet Chapel here, Feb. 28, with family,…

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Monitor: A naval war fighting First

Posted  March 6, 2013

On March 8, 1862, a dark shape emerged from Gosport Shipyard: the beast that was the CSS Virginia was on the prowl.....

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DARPA’s new TERN program aims for eyes in the sky from the sea

Posted  March 6, 2013

Effective 21st-century warfare requires the ability to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock. Current technologies, however, have their limitations. Helicopters are relatively limited in the distance and flight time. Fixed-wing manned and unmanned aircraft can fly farther and longer but require either aircraft carriers or large, fixed…

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