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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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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite sends first signals from space

Posted  December 21, 2012

The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, sent its first signals from space Dec. 19 following launch from Kourou aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. Bicentenario is the first of three MEXSAT satellites for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico that will enhance the country’s communications for domestic, military, civil…

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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted  December 21, 2012

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $49 million for DDG 51 programs

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, two contracts in support of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer program. Bath Iron Works is the lead shipyard and design agent for the class. The first contract, valued at $28.3 million, is for lead yard services…

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Successful Northrop Grumman 2012 holiday giving campaign shows commitment to communities, those in need

Posted  December 21, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Employees of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector continued their tradition of bringing seasonal cheer to people in need during this year’s holiday giving campaign. The company’s employee-driven program, active for more than 50 years, made the holidays easier by donating prepaid phone cards, new toys and gifts of food to communities…

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Boeing’s final design for Wedgetail AEW&C airborne mission segment accepted by Australia

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. “Australia has worked…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of America’s next rocket engine for human spaceflight

Posted  December 21, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the last hot-fire test on the J-2X powerpack – an important step toward development of America’s next rocket engine designed for human spaceflight. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle. Pratt & Whitney…

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General Dynamics’ 30,000th combat SAR radio goes to work for U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 21, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems’ recent delivery of 674 AN/PRC-112G® radios to the U.S. Air Force included the 30,000th combat search and rescue radio fielded by General Dynamics. The PRC-112 radio, which is part of the HOOK2® CSAR system, has been connecting downed military pilots, aircrew and isolated personnel to search and rescue team members since…

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Robot to serve as future military’s pack mule

Posted  December 21, 2012

The war fighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say. Enter the robot. Itís not just any robot. DARPAís semiautonomous Legged Squad Support System – also known as the LS3 – will carry…

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NASA puts Orion backup parachutes to the test

Posted  December 21, 2012

NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Dec .20 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight test in 2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during…

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Raytheon’s U.S. Navy satellite terminals reach full rate production milestone

Posted  December 21, 2012

Raytheon’s Navy Multiband Terminal, which will be installed on more than 300 U.S. Navy ships, subs and shore stations, has successfully completed a Full Rate Production review by the Navy. The review included a report that determined NMT was both operationally suitable and operationally effective, and further recommended the continued fleet introduction of NMT as…

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