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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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GenCorp Foundation annual donations used to inspire a new generation of scientists

Posted  December 28, 2012

The GenCorp Foundation, serving as the philanthropic arm of Aerojet, announced Dec. 20 that it distributed $604,345 in grants, scholarships and matching gifts in 12 communities across the United States this year. “We focus on STEM education with the goal of encouraging young people to look at future careers in engineering and technology,” said Chris…

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Northrop Grumman supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman missile test Launch

Posted  December 28, 2012

Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system last month. The tests demonstrate and support assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the weapon system.

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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted  December 28, 2012

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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Boeing to provide two more C-40A transport aircraft to US Navy

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing has received a $145 million order from the U.S. Navy for two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft, increasing the service's ability to move military personnel and cargo around the world.

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CURIOSITY creates virtual sun in a visual first to uncover its inner workings

Posted  December 28, 2012

A direct hit from a big solar storm could take out everything we rely on in our technological-driven world - from communications to banking to our water supply. But what do we really know about the sun and its inner workings? And are we prepared for the next major storm?

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Army’s strategic vision plan unveiled

Posted  December 28, 2012

This month the latest Army Capstone Concept was rolled out, a broad roadmap for how the Army will conduct future planning, organization and operations globally in support of the president's national security objectives.

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Contract briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

ViaSat receives $52 million contract for airborne ISR   ViaSat Inc. will provide broadband airborne satcom services for a U.S. government customer under a contract award valued at $52 million. The one year contract is a renewal for services already provided using ViaSat ArcLight® technology over a managed private network established in 2009 to support…

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Business briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

General Dynamics acquires Applied Physical Sciences Corp.   General Dynamics has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp. of Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price. Applied Physical Sciences is a leading provider of applied research and development services, and will complement the engineering programs of General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted  December 28, 2012

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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Boeing completes preliminary design review for Space Launch System core stage

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and NASA on Dec. 20 completed the Preliminary Design Review for the Space Launch System core stage and avionics, validating the design of the rocket that will send humans beyond low Earth orbit to places like the moon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars.

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