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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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Continental Congress authorizes Army

Posted  June 13, 2012

When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, the original 13 colonies did not have a shared army, but instead, a collection of independent colonial militias. The first battles of that war were fought...

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NASA Langley celebrates five-year partnership with Sierra Nevada

Posted  June 13, 2012

Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center are marking five years of collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems in Louisville, Colo., as partners in the design and development of the Dream Chaser® Space System. NASA Langley and SNC joined forces to update Langley’s HL-20 lifting body vehicle design into the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle,…

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Raytheon receives contract to link Navy Multiband Terminal to U.S. Air Force’s polar satellite

Posted  June 13, 2012

Raytheon has received a $19 million contract to modify the Navy Multiband Terminal to link it with the Air Force’s Enhanced Polar Satellite. The link will allow U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters to overcome communications gaps in the remote polar region. EPS will provide continuous coverage for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical communications to…

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Boeing completes design review of MEXSAT Geomobile Satellite System

Posted  June 13, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing and its supplier partners have completed the Critical Design Review of the MEXSAT Geomobile Satellite Communications System with their customer, the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of the government of Mexico. “The successful completion of this milestone review verifies that MEXSAT will operate as promised to deliver greatly enhanced telecommunications…

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Panetta praises U.S.-Turkish alliance, pledges more support

Posted  June 13, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivered keynote remarks during the 31st Annual American Turkish Council Conference dinner June 11 reaffirming the U.S.-Turkish alliance and pledging further support for...

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Northrop Grumman awards grants to Los Angeles area teachers to support STEM initiatives

Posted  June 13, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has provided grants worth a total of $3,300 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives in Los Angeles metropolitan area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded 11 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that increase student awareness of…

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Small planets don’t need stars with heavy metal content to form

Posted  June 13, 2012

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may…

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Air Force launches first special tactics wing

Posted  June 13, 2012

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command stood up the 24th Special Operations Wing in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12 to meet the growing demand for the unique capabilities special tactics Air...

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UTC launches equity units offering as component of financing for Goodrich acquisition

Posted  June 13, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced June 12 an offering of $1 billion of equity units. Net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used primarily to pay a portion of the cash consideration for the previously announced acquisition of Goodrich Corporation. The offering is being made under an effective shelf registration statement on file with…

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Elbit Systems to supply Boeing with structural components

Posted  June 13, 2012

Elbit Systems’ wholly-owned Israeli subsidiary Elbit Systems – Cyclone Ltd. has been awarded an approximately $80 million contract for the supply of structural components to Boeing. The contract will be performed over seven years. “We are proud to have been selected, once again, by Boeing to supply structural parts,” said Yoram Shmuely, co-general manager of…

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