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NAWCWD manned for unmanned systems

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division scientists, engineers, technicians and operators are involved in all levels of Unmanned Systems research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation.

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NASA employees go ‘above and beyond’

Three NASA employees recently received the Exception Engineering Achievement Medal at Armstrong NASA Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Educating future workers

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently hosted the Antelope Valley Board of Trade business luncheon for September and the featured guest speaker was Christos Valiotis, physics professor at the Antelope Valley College.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rocket move closer to first flight

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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TACP-M ties it all together

Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an airman.


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Business

General Dynamics completes acquisition of Fidelis Security Systems

Posted  August 29, 2012

General Dynamics has completed its previously announced purchase of Fidelis Security Systems, Inc., a market leader in cyber security tools that provide real-time network visibility, analysis and control. It will become part of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed. Fidelis…

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Business

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 missile successfully intercepts tactical ballistic missile target during test

Posted  August 29, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile successfully destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in an Operational Test conducted by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. The test involved three incoming targets; two Patriot-As-A-Target TBMs and one MQM-107 drone. A ripple launch of two PAC-3 Missiles successfully engaged the second…

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Space

NASA’s WISE survey uncovers millions of black holes

Posted  August 29, 2012

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission has led to a bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies. Images from the telescope have revealed millions of dusty black hole candidates across the universe and about 1,000 even dustier objects thought to be among the brightest galaxies ever found….

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Business

General Dynamics acquires Gayston Corporation’s defense operations

Posted  August 29, 2012

General Dynamics has acquired the defense operations of Gayston Corporation, a privately held company that supplies precision metal components used in several munitions programs. The value of the cash transaction, which General Dynamics expects to be accretive to earnings in 2013, has not been disclosed. Gayston’s defense operations employ 187 people at a state-of-the-art facility…

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NASA ‘Mohawk Guy’ to host show on Third Rock Radio

Posted  August 29, 2012

NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight director for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that lowered the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface in early August, will host a two-hour online broadcast on Internet radio station Third Rock Radio at 4 p.m. EDT, Aug. 30. The show, entitled “Getting Curious with the Mohawk Guy,” will…

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Defense

Marines consider increased role for women in Corps

Posted  August 29, 2012

The Marine Corps has opened a number of fields to women, the service’s commandant said here today, and the experiences of the first women to go through the Infantry Officer Course next month will help him as he makes recommendations for an increased role for female Marines. Gen. James F. Amos spoke at the National…

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Boeing to provide performance-based logistics for U.S. Air Force F-15 radars

Posted  August 29, 2012

Boeing has received an $85 million Performance-Based Logistics contract for continued support of U.S. Air Force F-15 mechanically scanned and Active Electronically Scanned Array radars. The new PBL contract replaces three previous support contracts with one overarching agreement. “The Boeing Global Services & Support team has years of experience in partnering with the U.S. Air…

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World War II vet awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Posted  August 29, 2012

Family, friends, senior leaders and pilots gathered Aug. 24 to honor a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress pilot during an award ceremony at Randolph’s famed Taj Mahal where he was award the Distinguished Flying Cross medal. Second Lt. Samuel Smith was assigned to the 360th Bombardment Squadron at RAF Molesworth, England, during the Second…

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NASA completes maximum parachute test for Orion spacecraft

Posted  August 29, 2012

NASA successfully completed another parachute test of its Orion spacecraft high above the skies of the U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona Aug. 28. The test examined the maximum pressure Orion’s parachutes might face when returning from exploration missions. Orion will be the most advanced spacecraft ever designed and carry astronauts farther into…

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News Briefs – August 29th, 2012

Posted  August 29, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,971 As of Aug. 28, 2012, at least 1,971 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,650 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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