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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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Boeing Business Jets delivers first two BBJ 787-8s of 2014

Posted  February 5, 2014

Boeing Business Jets have celebrated the first two BBJ 787-8 deliveries of 2014. The deliveries, made over the past week to separate undisclosed customers, mark the second and third BBJ 787 airplanes delivered to date. “It’s terrific to see two BBJ 787s deliver within a week,” said Capt. Steve Taylor, president, Boeing Business Jets. “The…

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Northrop Grumman to demonstrate faster, simpler way to replace obsolete parts for B-2

Posted  February 5, 2014

PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force will get its first look at a faster, more affordable way to replace obsolete avionics on the B-2 stealth bomber under a contract awarded last August to Northrop Grumman. Under the 43-month, $43.5 million award, the company will produce a functional replacement for a B-2 avionics box called…

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NASA Dryden’s Facilities Support Center construction complete

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph Late afternoon clouds provide a dramatic highlight to NASA Dryden’s new Facilities Support Center. Desert landscaping around the 38,000-square-foot structure is intended to minimize water usage with drought-tolerant shrubbery. Construction of the new Facilities Support Center at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has officially been declared complete. Dryden employees were given a self-guided…

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Report: U.S. troop morale higher in Afghanistan

Posted  February 5, 2014

U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves, according to a report released Feb. 3. The Army report was drawn from a battlefield survey and interviews in June and July. It was the ninth time…

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Dryden’s DROID demonstrates autonomous UAS-to-UAS air tow

Posted  February 5, 2014

Engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center chalked up another first for the center recently when they flew a scale-model sailplane that was towed aloft by one of NASA's small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drones - DROID for short.

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NASA evolves student rocketry challenge, enhances ties to space launch system

Posted  February 5, 2014

Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo…

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide to offer UAS workshop in Las Vegas

Posted  February 5, 2014

Professionals looking to gain a better understanding of the emerging unmanned aircraft systems industry can take advantage of a two-day course being offered in Las Vegas Feb. 27 to 28 by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Topics to be discussed include: introduction and impact of UAS; UAS designs; legislation, certification and regulation; industry concerns; applications; operational…

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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

Posted  February 5, 2014

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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General Dynamics awarded $520 million for Virginia-Class submarine procurement

Posted  February 5, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $520 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for four Virginia-class submarines, SSN-794, SSN-795, SSN-796 and SSN-797. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets,…

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News Briefs February 5, 2014

Posted  February 5, 2014

U.S. official: Snowden leaks lead to Pentagon change A top U.S. military intelligence official says the Pentagon will have to make costly changes to programs and personnel because of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told Congress Feb. 4 that his agency has to…

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