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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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Northrop Grumman, Trex Enterprises to introduce celestial navigation to soldier precision targeting laser Systems

Posted  January 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has announced an agreement to collaborate with Trex Enterprises Corporation to bring celestial navigation technology to the precision targeting capability provided to the U.S. military and allied forces. Trex Enterprises has developed and matured the core technology for providing a highly accurate celestial navigation subsystem for use in military products and scientific applications….

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Headlines – January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

News: Air Force crew members ‘made the ultimate sacrifice’ – The bodies of the four American air crew killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast were removed from the wreckage today as their commander paid tribute to their ‘ultimate sacrifice.’ Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and TSgt. Dale E. Mathews…

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News Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Bombing kills 21 at Iraq army recruiting center Iraqi officials say the toll from a suicide bombing at a military recruiting center in Baghdad has risen to 21 killed and nearly three dozen wounded. The strike the morning of Jan. 9 likely was meant to send a message to the government and would-be army volunteers…

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Former Northrop CEO Thomas Jones dies at 93

Posted  January 13, 2014

Thomas V. Jones, who was Northrop’s chief executive officer for 30 years and took it to the top ranks of aerospace companies during the Cold War while weathering a series of scandals, has died. He was 93. Northrop – now known as Northrop Grumman – announced that Jones died Jan. 7. He died of pulmonary…

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C-130H, end of an era in Afghanistan

Posted  January 13, 2014

All good things don’t necessarily need to come to an end; sometimes they are just replaced by something even better. Such is the case with the venerable C-130H Hercules model aircraft here. The C-130 has been around since the Vietnam War, forming the backbone of the Air Force’s tactical airlift fleet. It is especially well-suited…

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Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite completes assembly, enters system test

Posted  January 13, 2014

The fifth Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy is entering its first system test faster than the previous build, now that integration is complete.

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Recovery operations continue at MH-53E crash site

Posted  January 13, 2014

Navy photograph by PO3 Wyatt Huggett Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-2, are lowered into the water Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 from the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51). MDSU-2 is aboard Grasp searching for the missing crew member of an MH 53E Sea…

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Raytheon receives $156 million SM-3 contract

Posted  January 13, 2014

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon an undefinitized contract action (UCA) valued at $156 million for the procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles. The SM-3 missile is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with…

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New NASA science arrives at space station aboard Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  January 13, 2014

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station Jan. 13 used a robotic arm to capture and attach the Cygnus supply spacecraft, which carried dozens of new science experiments from across the country and the world to the orbiting laboratory. The arrival capped the first successful contracted cargo delivery by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., for…

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DARPA programs create new future for space, director says

Posted  January 13, 2014

Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Jan. 13.

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