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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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News Briefs – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,012 As of Oct. 23, 2012, at least 2,012 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 1,679 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Navy to christen submarine Minnesota

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine Minnesota, Oct. 27, during a 10 a.m., EDT, ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va. Adm. Kirk Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm….

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Boeing acquires Miro Technologies to enhance logistics support services

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boeing has acquired Miro Technologies, a privately held software company specializing in enterprise asset and supply chain management; maintenance, repair and overhaul services; and Performance-Based Logistics management for government and commercial customers worldwide. Miro will become part of the Global Services & Support business within Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Miro expands a suite of…

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Ballistic missile defense system successfully conducts largest missile defense flight test in history

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24. MDA, soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald; and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic…

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2012 Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

Posted  October 26, 2012

The average area covered by the Antarctic ozone hole this year was the second smallest in the last 20 years, according to data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites. Scientists attribute the change to warmer temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere. The ozone hole reached its maximum size Sept. 22, covering 8.2…

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Sikorsky chooses Altus, Okla., as site for full service flight, maintenance training academy

Posted  October 26, 2012

Sikorsky Aerospace Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aviation Training Consulting to establish an advanced flight and maintenance training academy, the Sikorsky Training Academy, in Altus, Okla. SAS is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “Many of our customers, particularly U.S. government agencies…

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Remains of two airmen lost in 1969 identified, honored

Posted  October 26, 2012

The remains of two airmen who died when their F-4D Phantom II was shot over Laos in 1969 were returned and honored at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors Oct. 19. Col. Wendell Keller, of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, of Fayetteville, Ark., were killed when their aircraft was hit by…

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GA-ASI successfully tests ADS-B surveillance system aboard Guardian

Posted  October 26, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 25 the successful demonstration of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-based surveillance system that provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness and supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator(R) B RPA. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. The…

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NASA-WPI 2013 robot prize competition registration open

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration and are seeking teams to compete in next year’s robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money. During the 2013 NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot can locate and retrieve geologic…

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Industry partnerships key to mobility strategy, official says

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Defense Department’s partnerships with industry, particularly in the mobile realm, are essential to its future success, the department’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure said Oct. 24. “I think that’s what’s going to make or break us in the future,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler…

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