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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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Sound rocket flight provides important clues to coronal heating, points the way to future solar missions

Posted  January 28, 2013

A NASA sounding rocket flight in 2012 captured five minutes of the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s million-degree outer atmosphere, the corona. The new images have provided tantalizing hints of another mechanism that likely contributes to the heating of the solar corona. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, researchers from…

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Boeing-led missile defense team completes GMD flight test

Posted  January 28, 2013

Boeing, working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, Jan. 26 returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. “Today’s test signals the next step in GMDís future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among…

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F-22 pilot flies boy’s letter ‘closer to heaven’

Posted  January 28, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso MacAidan Mac Gallegos, conducts a walk around inspection of an F-22 with Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, a Reserve F-22 pilot assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron prior to his flight. Mac wrote a letter to his father Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009…

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Boeing aircraft financing unit, Boeing Capital, to end separate SEC reporting

Posted  January 28, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 23 that its aircraft financing and leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, plans to suspend its separate U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. The move will help streamline Boeing’s financial reporting process while not affecting the financing and leasing unit’s mission, operations or customer interactions. Boeing Capital’s financial information will continue to be…

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Life Cycle Thrust’ directorate making a name throughout command

Posted  January 28, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Justin D. Pyle The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate is responsible for the sustainment and acquisition of engines for aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor (shown) and C-17 Globemaster. In six months, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate has come into its own. Emphasizing…

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense order to develop advanced UAS features

Posted  January 28, 2013

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Jan. 27 it has received an approximately $35 million contract from the Israel Ministry of Defense for the development of advanced features for Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be supplied within three years. One of the mission requirements is the quick re-configuration of the UAS’ payloads. The contract is in addition to…

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New runway rubber removal system debuts in Southwest Asia

Posted  January 28, 2013

Air Force photographs by SrA. Joel Mease A retrofitted Unimog with a TracJet attachment removes rubber from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing airfield in Southwest Asia, Jan. 18, 2013. The cleaning head, which resembles a large shower head, puts out roughly 36,000 pounds per square inch of water pressure – enough to cut through steel….

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Northrop Grumman awarded EPS Control and Planning Segment

Posted  January 28, 2013

The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has awarded Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment contract. EPS CAPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national objectives. It provides telemetry and control, mission planning and…

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Carter: Sequestration planning requires balance

Posted  January 28, 2013

Planning for sequestration is the practical thing to do and doesnít indicate a lack of confidence in Congress, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Jan. 27 in an interview on ìThis Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian. Though Congress voted earlier this month to delay until March 2 the implementation of about $500…

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U.S. Patriots set to begin NATO missile defense in Turkey

Posted  January 28, 2013

The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported. Plans are on track for two PAC-3 Patriot anti-missile systems and about 400 U.S. personnel deployed to operate them to begin providing missile defense in the coming…

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