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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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United Technologies to sell Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Posted  December 12, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced Dec. 12 it has reached agreement to sell its Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit, currently part of Pratt & Whitney, to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Divesting Power Systems allows UTC to…

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Aerosonde unmanned air vehicle provides Marines ISR support

Posted  December 12, 2012

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó Marines in Afghanistan witnessed AAI Corp.ís Aerosonde Unmanned Air System first flight Dec. 2. under NAVAIRís Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services contract. AAI field services representatives conducted the nearly 10-hour mission and provided real-time full-motion video to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3. Under ISR services,…

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Boeing, BMW Group to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

Posted  December 12, 2012

Boeing and the BMW Group have signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research on carbon fiber recycling and share knowledge about carbon fiber materials and manufacturing. Boeing and BMW are both pioneering the use of carbon fiber in their products. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50 percent carbon fiber material and…

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ATK awarded production contract for AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems for U.S., allied military aircraft

Posted  December 12, 2012

ATK has received a $48-million production contract from the U.S. Navy for the manufacturing of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System. The award encompasses production of new assemblies, including optical sensor converters and computer processors, as well as options for retrofitting weapon replaceable assembly upgrades and delivery of ATK’s Countermeasures Signal Simulator to test the systems…

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Commando II Takes to sky

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen Lockheed Martin an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 10. Aircraft 5710 is the 12th of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery and…

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NASA Astrobiology Institute shows how wide binary stars form

Posted  December 12, 2012

Using computer simulations, scientists from the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at the University of Hawaii are shedding light on a question that has challenged astronomers for years: What causes wide binary stars? Binary stars are pairs of stars that orbit each other. Wide binary stars are separated by as much as one light-year in their…

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Boeing delivers first 777-300ER in U.S. to American Airlines

Posted  December 12, 2012

Boeing delivered to American Airlines Dec. 11 its first 777-300ER (extended range) jetliner as part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort and global network strategy. The delivery makes the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier the first U.S. airline to add the 777-300ER to its fleet. American Airlines plans for the airplane to enter service in early…

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Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Posted  December 12, 2012

Testers, soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”…

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Thales USA president, CEO to retire, company elects successor

Posted  December 12, 2012

Thales USA, Inc. has announced that President and CEO Allan Cameron will retire at year-end after eight years of service with the company. Vice President and General Manager of Thales Avionics, Alan Pellegrini, will succeed Cameron as president and CEO effective the beginning of 2013. Cameron joined Thales in 2004 leading the naval business in…

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National Intelligence Council forecasts megatrends

Posted  December 12, 2012

The American Century is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Defense Department will have to be more flexible in dealing with a faster-paced multipolar world, according to the Global Trends 2030 report released Dec. 10. The National Intelligence Council has looked to the future to jumpstart the conversation about what U.S. policy should be,…

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