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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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Thruster tests complete for NASA partner Boeing’s crew capsule

Posted  June 26, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of tests on a thruster destined for Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100. Boeing is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Health & Safety

VA boosts staffing, programs to prevent suicide

Posted  June 26, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans, the VA undersecretary for health said last week. Speaking at the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Petzel addressed…

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Business

FI predicts $53 billion COMSAT market over next 10 years

Posted  June 26, 2012

Forecast International projects that the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $52.7 billion from 2012-2021. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks some 49 satellite production programs, 419 individual communications satellites will be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, high-speed broadband Internet, digital television and video broadcasting,…

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Army research official visits Afghanistan

Posted  June 26, 2012

A senior research and development leader spoke with Army officials at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 11-13. Army leaders in the field are seeking technology solutions for complex challenges.

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Northrop Grumman to modify E-6B with high-speed, secure networking and communications

Posted  June 26, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $44.3 million contract to integrate high-speed, secure communications and networking systems on an E-6B Mercury aircraft, part of the Take Charge and Move Outstrategic communications relay mission. Navy E-6B TACAMO aircraft provide survivable and reliable airborne command, control and communications between the president of the United States,…

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NASA hosts first multi-center social media event for Mars landing

Posted  June 26, 2012

NASA is inviting its social media followers to the first-ever multi-center NASA Social Aug. 3 to preview the Aug. 6 landing of the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. Events will be held simultaneously at six…

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Whatever floats your roboboat: competition engages students in STEM

Posted  June 26, 2012

An international lineup of university teams raced custom-built autonomous surface vehicles at the fifth annual RoboBoat competition, held June 20-24 in Virginia Beach, Va. The competition-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation-is an autonomous robotics challenge where teams put their ASVs through a marked navigation channel…

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North Korea slams U.S., South Korean use of flag in war drills

Posted  June 26, 2012

North Korea June 25 called the use of its flag during U.S.-South Korean military drills last week a serious provocation and evidence of U.S. hostility that justifies the growth of Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program. The statement from an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman came on the 62nd anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War,…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $27.1 million contract for MLRS M270A1 launcher cab upgrades

Posted  June 26, 2012

Lockheed Martin received a $27.1 million contract from the U.S. Army for the first phase of a three-year development program that will increase crew protection and update the Army’s fleet of Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270A1 mobile rocket launchers. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will upgrade, assemble and test seven prototype vehicles. Phase one…

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ANGLICO jumps with British army commandos

Posted  June 26, 2012

Marines and sailors from the 1st and 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies conducted a live jupm with members of the 148th British army commandoes at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., June 15. The jump was part of Exercise Burmese Chase and afforded Marines and their British counterparts the…

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