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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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Navy completes F/A-18D jet crash investigation

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Navy has finished its investigation into what caused one of its jets to crash into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va. The Navy plans to release the results of its investigation at a news conference July 2. A redacted version of the investigation will be posted on a Navy website following the news…

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Virgin Galactic successfully completes SpaceShipTwo glide flight test and rocket motor firing on same day

Posted  June 28, 2012

MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced June 28 that its passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, successfully completed its first glide flight test on June 26 since a recent integration period for rocket motor systems and maintenance. Also, on June 26, the spaceship’s engine, RocketMotorTwo, underwent another successful full duration test…

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Orbital Good News: NuSTAR; New Sat Comm Contract; Antares OKed as NLS II Provider

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Orbital-built and launched NuSTAR mission is off to a good start; a new satellite communications provider has signed a contract for two satellites; and NASA has opened its…

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Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company realigns operating structure to maximize resources

Posted  June 28, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced June 28 the reorganization of its Space Systems Company and associated leadership appointments. The new structure marks the latest step in a drive to enhance SSC competitiveness and deliver greater value to customers. Richard F. (Rick) Ambrose, who currently serves as vice president of Information Systems & Global Solutions-National, is rejoining SSC…

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Strategic dividends of Iraq efforts within reach, official says

Posted  June 28, 2012

Six months after U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraq, long-term efforts there by the Defense and State departments have put strategic dividends within reach, the chief of staff to the undersecretary of defense for policy said June 28. Peter F. Verga testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s subcommittee on national security, homeland…

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NASA selects contracts for environmental remediation services

Posted  June 28, 2012

NASA has selected three companies to provide architect and engineering professional environmental remediation services at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and other NASA locations. The combined maximum potential value for the three contracts is $91 million. Services will be performed during a five-year period beginning this year. The companies…

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Smartphone app coming for Arlington National Cemetery

Posted  June 28, 2012

A new smartphone app, due out this fall, will be able to provide a virtual tour of Arlington National Cemetery, list events there and help visitors locate gravesites. The new application will be available to the public...

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Northrop Grumman’s Modular Space Vehicle completes CDR process, moves program to manufacturing phase

Posted  June 28, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has just finished conducting a two-day Spacecraft Baseline Interim Design Review, successfully completing the Spacecraft Bus Critical Design Review process for the Modular Space Vehicle program. This review moves work on this next-generation spacecraft design to the fabrication stage. The company’s spacecraft design for the MSV program is the…

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New NASA game lets players build, launch a virtual rocket

Posted  June 28, 2012

With NASA’s Rocket Science 101, a new game designed for computers and iPad users, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, provides access to space for the studies of Earth and exploration of our solar system and…

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Propulsion flight improves maintenance process on C-130s

Posted  June 28, 2012

Members of the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight have implemented a new process that reduces the propeller maintenance repair cycle time for the C-130 Hercules here.

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