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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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Adoption of large-scale CMMs, laser trackers to drive demand from aerospace industry

Posted  December 18, 2013

The need for dimensional metrology solutions to measure new aircraft designs or the latest lightweight bodies and components will sustain the metrology market. Demand from leading aerospace manufacturers for customized, end-to-end solutions is the primary driver for the market. The top five dimensional metrology companies account for 51 percent of the total market, with coordinate…

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Final mirrors for space telescope arrive at Goddard Space Flight Center

Posted  December 18, 2013

The final three of 18 primary mirrors built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the James Webb Space Telescope have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018. Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror,…

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Military helo industry to decline by almost half, civil market flourishes

Posted  December 18, 2013

As Department of Defense budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support…

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NASA engineers crush fuel tank to build better rockets

Posted  December 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Fred Deaton NASA engineers buckled an aluminum-lithium cylinder similar in size to fuel tanks for the largest rockets ever built. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUjpVBktTAI&feature=player_embedded NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests last week as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of…

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Raytheon begins building 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

Posted  December 18, 2013

The U.S. is taking another positive step toward meeting the growing demand for systems that can help protect against the increasing danger posed by ballistic missiles. Raytheon has started building the 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar for the Missile Defense Agency after being awarded a $172.7 million contract, which was previously announced by the…

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Northrop Grumman contributes $100,000 to Da Vinci Schools

Posted  December 18, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman has reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to local education in Southern California by contributing $100,000 to the Da Vinci Schools. The Da Vinci Schools, located on the same campus in the Wiseburn School District in Hawthorne, Calif., are public and tuition-free. The schools offer a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum based on…

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Northrop Grumman celebrates 20th anniversary of first B-2 Spirit delivery

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph The Spirit of Missouri taxis down the Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flightline for the first time upon its arrival Dec. 17, 1993. Whiteman has been home to the B-2 base for 20 years. PALMDALE, Calif. On a grey, chilly afternoon 20 years ago Dec. 17, the first operational B-2 stealth bomber,…

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Raytheon receives $16 million contract award for miniaturized airborne GPS receivers

Posted  December 18, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has received a $15.8 million contract order for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver. The order, which includes new production and sustainment of existing systems, is the first under an Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract awarded to the company in September 2013 by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile…

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News Briefs December 18, 2013

Posted  December 18, 2013

Navy to christen USS Milwaukee in Marinette The U.S. Navy is preparing to christen its newest littoral combat ship the USS Milwaukee, which will make it the fifth naval vessel to bear the name of Wisconsin’s largest city. The ship will be christened Dec. 18 at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard, Marinette, Wisc., by Sylvia…

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NASA extends deadlines for student exploration design challenge

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA is extending deadlines for its Exploration Design Challenge, an educational program connected to Exploration Flight Test-1 – the first mission for NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, scheduled to launch in September 2014 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The new deadline for high school students to submit payload design notebooks has been extended…

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