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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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ATK to develop MegaFlex((tm)) solar array structure

Posted  October 24, 2012

ATK’s MegaFlex(tm) solar array was recently selected by NASA’s Space Technology Program under a Game Changing Technology competition for development of the promising lightweight and compact solar array structure. ATK received a $6.4 million contract for the MegaFlex(tm) development. MegaFlex(tm), under development by ATK’s Space Components Division in Goleta, Calif., is designed specifically to meet…

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Raytheon enhances Common Sensor Payload capabilities

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has successfully demonstrated the enhanced capabilities of its new CSP HD turret, a high definition electro-optical and infrared version of its Common Sensor Payload. The initial CSP HD system flight test occurred on a U.S. Army Gray Eagle UAS (unmanned aircraft system) platform in September. Built upon the existing CSP system, CSP HD provides…

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NASA’s NuStar reveals flare from Milky Way’s black hole

Posted  October 24, 2012

NASA’s newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up. “We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the…

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Army will do its job with less, secretary says

Posted  October 24, 2012

Pentagon Channel screen capture With budget cuts already in place, and more cuts possible next year – the Army can expect there to be fewer resources around to accomplish a mission that will likely not shrink, said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Oct. 22, 2012, during the 2012 Association of the United States…

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Northrop Grumman matures laser threat terminator technology to address emerging threats

Posted  October 24, 2012

Northrop Grumman has matured the technology for enhancing the capabilities of its All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator product line, developed to defeat both current and emerging IR threats. The ASALTT(TM) is an advanced technology quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared laser designed and developed to protect a wide variety of aircraft including fixed-wing and rotor aircraft,…

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Lockheed Martin radar, MILSATCOM programs receive DOD awards

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin has won two of five awards given annually by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association for excellence in systems engineering. The awards, presented at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, are assessed on 2011 performance and recognize effective implementation of systems engineering best practices to achieve program…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

Posted  October 24, 2012

Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Riverside hosts third annual vet expo

Posted  October 24, 2012

Veterans won’t want to miss the Third Annual Veterans Expo 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Riverside County [Calif.] Fair Grounds. The expo will offer assistance with healthcare, employment, education, legal issues, buying a home or just learning what benefits they are eligible for. Interested attendees will even be able to learn about and…

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News Briefs – October 22, 2012

Posted  October 22, 2012

Iraq presses U.S. on need for faster arms deliveries Iraq’s prime minister has pressed the need for faster deliveries of American weapons to help arm his country’s military during a meeting with a senior U.S. defense official. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said in a statement Oct. 18 the Iraqi leader made the request during…

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Machinists union talks to Boeing employees in South Carolina

Posted  October 22, 2012

Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., plant. The informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing after the company…

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