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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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The most fearsome weapon is evolving

Posted  January 10, 2013

Courtesy photograph Courtesy photograph The first MC-130J to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Commandís newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider, lands at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 3, 2013. Modifications to the airframe will be completed in ten months and will be a milestone in the recapitalization of the AC-130H/U…

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Lockheed Martin to continue delivering IT services for United Kingdoms leading air traffic controller

Posted  January 10, 2013

NATS, the United Kingdom’s leading air traffic control company, has awarded Lockheed Martin a seven-year contract extension to continue support of air traffic management systems based at Swanwick and Prestwick control centers. Under this new extension, Lockheed Martin will also support the NATS flight data processing system. Lockheed Martin’s work with NATS encompasses a diverse…

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NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere

Posted  January 10, 2013

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing Earth. The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year airborne science campaign with a…

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Business Briefs – January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

General Dynamics awarded $133 million for Abrams Tank production   General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks….

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Lockheed Martin completes MUOS waveform to improve secure communications capabilities

Posted  January 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed and delivered the software waveform for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System. The new waveform will enable military satellite communications terminal providers to deploy equipment that takes full advantage of enhanced MUOS capabilities. A next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, MUOS will provide significantly improved and secure communications capabilities, including…

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NASA telescopes see weather patterns in brown dwarf

Posted  January 10, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed “weather map” yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs. The forecast shows wind-driven, planet-sized clouds enshrouding these strange worlds. Brown dwarfs form out of condensing gas, as stars do, but lack the mass…

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Headlines: January 7, 2013

Posted  January 7, 2013

Veterans Last of the 39ers: Great Escape hero who was shot down at the start of the war dies aged 98 Work to begin on unearthing 124 Spitfires buried in Burmese jungle during World War Two History Nazis secretly developed plot to drop radioactive bomb on New York from supersonic space rocket Technology Thunderbird 2…

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U.S., Canada think ahead to NORAD Next

Posted  January 7, 2013

More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Members of the Permanent Joint Board…

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News Briefs – January 7, 2013

Posted  January 7, 2013

U.S. troops arrive in Turkey for Patriot missiles The U.S. military says troops are arriving in Turkey to man Patriot missiles. Germany, the Netherlands and the United States are deploying two Patriot surface-to-air batteries each to boost NATO ally Turkey’s air defenses against any possible spillover from Syria’s civil war. The U.S. European Command said…

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Lockheed Martin completes spacecraft, science instrument integration for IRIS mission

Posted  January 7, 2013

The spacecraft and science instrument integration for the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph ñ NASAís next Small Explorer Mission ñ has been completed, and final testing is underway. IRIS was designed and built at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., with support from the companyís Civil Space line of business…

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