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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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LVAC: Advancing technology readiness of SLS adaptive controls

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA Armstrong’s highly modified F/A-18A Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft No. 853 validated the effectiveness of the Adaptive Augmenting Controller developed by NASA Marshall engineers for the Space Launch System. Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket?…

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NASA begins search for potential SOFIA partners

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA issued a Request for Information March 31 soliciting potential partners interested in using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft for scientific investigations or for other potential uses. NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress calls for SOFIA to be placed in storage next year unless the agency’s contribution to the project can…

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Recalling a record: X-43A Scramjet set new hypersonic record a decade ago

Posted  April 2, 2014

On March 27, 2004, NASA’s X-43A shattered existing speed records for aircraft with air-breathing engines when the scramjet-powered vehicle reached a speed of Mach 6.83 (4,900 mph) during a brief flight over the Pacific Ocean.

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SecAF addresses women in national security

Posted  April 2, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks at the Stimson Center in commemoration of Women’s History Month March 28 in Washington, D.C. James spoke on the current status of women in the Air Force, the importance of women in national security and her personal experience….

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News Briefs April 2, 2014

Posted  April 2, 2014

Pentagon: No U.S. deaths in Afghanistan in March The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March – the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007. American casualties in Afghanistan have declined as the number of U.S. forces has grown smaller and their role has shifted away from combat. U.S. troops…

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Northrop Grumman flies first production smart node pod

Posted  April 4, 2014

Northrop Grumman has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force. Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of…

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NASA selects new suborbital technology payloads, total tops 130

Posted  April 4, 2014

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space. This latest selection represents the eighth cycle of NASA’s Announcement of…

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Danish airmen participate in Green Flag training

Posted  April 4, 2014

The Royal Danish air force participated in Green Flag-West 14-5 recently at Nellis AFB, Nevada.

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NASA satellite to continue gathering data up to planned lunar impact

Posted  April 4, 2014

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21. Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are maneuvering the spacecraft to fly approximately 1 to 2 miles…

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USAF TPS team proves how ‘a dummy’ can save money

Posted  April 4, 2014

In an Air Force setting that is locked on being financially-conscious and proactive under the current financial challenges, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, at the request of the 418th Flight Test Squadron, is working with the squadron through the implementation of the school's Test Management Project to come up with a more cost-effective way of conducting dummy drop parachute testing for the Air Force.

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