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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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First F-35 production model takes flight

Posted  February 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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News Briefs February 13, 2013

Posted  February 13, 2013

U.S. military weighs cutbacks in drone programs The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years. It would be both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and new areas of operation – such as east Asia –…

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F-35A completes three-year clean wing flutter testing program

Posted  February 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jetís structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35Aís design. The mission, flown…

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Operation Homecoming for Vietnam POWs marks 40 years

Posted  February 13, 2013

Air Force photograph Newly freed prisoners of war celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973, during Operation Homecoming. The mission included 54 C-141 flights between Feb. 12 and April 4, 1973, returning 591 POWs to American soil. Forty years ago Feb. 12, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet…

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Aerojet Propulsion Systems support successful SM-3 intercept test

Posted  February 13, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its propulsion systems supported the Feb. 13 successful intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided missile off the coast of Hawaii. During the intercept test, Aerojet’s MK 72 booster and MK 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provided first- and second-stage propulsion for the SM-3 Block IA guided…

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Lockheed Martin receives $161 million in contracts for Apache M-TADS/PNVS upgrades

Posted  February 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received two production contracts totaling $161.7 million from the U.S. Army to continue upgrades of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor program for the Apache attack helicopter. The Lot 2 and Lot 3 contracts cover 482 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits and spares. The U.S….

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GA-ASI announces supplier excellence award winners

Posted  February 13, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Feb. 13 that it has honored 43 suppliers with the company’s annual Supplier Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding quality and delivery performance. “Quality products and on-time delivery are critical to the mission success of…

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Boeing, Elbit Systems to collaborate on aircraft defense solutions

Posted  February 13, 2013

Boeing and Elbit Systems Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports the growth of both companies through the joint pursuit of opportunities for self-defense solutions for Boeing military aircraft in international markets. The companies will offer Elbit Systems’ Directed Infrared Counter Measure systems for a range of Boeing military fixed-wing and vertical-lift aircraft….

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations for OCO-2 spacecraft processing

Posted  February 13, 2013

Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced Feb. 12 that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, facility. OCO-2 is the first mission awarded by NASA…

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Aegis Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted  February 13, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system today, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by a Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile. At 4:10 a.m., EST, Feb. 13 a unitary medium-range…

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