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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Unmanned US military hypersonic craft failed

Posted  August 15, 2012

An unmanned experimental aircraft failed during an attempt to fly at six times the speed of sound in the latest setback for hypersonic flight. The X-51A Waverider was designed to reach Mach 6, or 3,600 mph, after being dropped by a B-52 bomber off the Southern California coast Aug. 14. Engineers hoped it would sustain…

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V-22 supports Harry S. Truman flight deck certification

Posted  August 15, 2012

When a V-22 Osprey from Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22 landed for the first time on USS Harry S. Truman on July 19, it highlighted another in a series of firsts for the unique tilt-rotor aircraft that has become an integral part of the U.S. naval forces..

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NASA goes green: Agency selects green propellant technology demonstration mission

Posted  August 15, 2012

    NASA has selected a team led by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation of Boulder, Colo., for a technology demonstration of a high performance “green” propellant alternative to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine. With this award, NASA opens a new era of innovative and non-toxic green fuels that are less harmful to our environment,…

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TeleCommunication Systems Torrance facility receives AS9100C certification

Posted  August 15, 2012

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, announced Aug. 14 its Torrance, Calif., facility has received the prestigious AS9100C quality certificate from the National Quality Association. As part of TCS’ Government Solutions Group, the Space & Component Technology Division manufactures rugged solid-state drives, performs parts management for spacecraft…

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News Briefs – August 14, 2012

Posted  August 14, 2012

U.S. Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf   The U.S. Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker early Aug. 12 but that no one was injured in the accident. The collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m….

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Northrop Grumman honored as business of the year

Posted  August 14, 2012

The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce recently honored Northrop Grumman with its Business of the Year Award. The award is given to companies with a history of outstanding business practices in the San Diego North community and honors such characteristics as entrepreneurship, sustainability, productivity and corporate citizenship. Northrop Grumman received the award at the…

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NASA selects combined data services contract for polar satellites

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA has selected the Norwegian Space Centre of Oslo, Norway, for combined data support services for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System Program. This is a firm-fixed price contract with a value of about $22 million, which includes one base year and four one-year options to extend performance. This contract permits usage of the Svalbard Satellite…

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Defense has vital role in catastrophe planning, official says

Posted  August 14, 2012

The Defense Department makes valuable contributions in U.S. disaster preparedness planning, a senior defense official said Aug. 25. At a panel discussion sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, Paul N. Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security, addressed the role the Pentagon plays in disaster planning and response. Thanks to the Federal…

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NASA exercises option on mission operations support contract

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA is exercising an $80.5 million flex option on the Facilities Development and Operations Contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md. The level-of-effort flex option takes advantage of hours that were negotiated for the contract award in 2009 and increases the ceiling for the base contract period. The period of performance for the contract…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar finishes integration, test events at Italian test range

Posted  August 14, 2012

The first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has been integrated with a MEADS battle manager and launcher at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The objectives of the integration test series were to demonstrate that the MEADS TOC could control the MEADS MFCR in coordination with the MEADS…

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