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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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Fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins Global Positioning System

Posted  April 9, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The accuracy of the Global Positioning System has been improved with the recent handover of a fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite to the U.S. Air Force. The newest addition to the GPS constellation increases the precision of position, navigation and timing data sent to users around the world. The satellite was…

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Joint Staff official discusses Russian military evolution

Posted  April 9, 2014

Russias conventional military is a regional power, but has limited capability for global power projection, the Joint Staffs director for strategic plans and policy told Congress April 8. Navy Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe discussed the evolution of Russian conventional military power during testimony alongside Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs,…

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Significant milestone met as progress continues on AWACS upgrade

Posted  April 9, 2014

An important milestone was recently reached on a significant upgrade improving capabilities for the Airborne Warning and Control System, better known as AWACS.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Posted  April 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alex Evers Integration of the payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite underway at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach, Calif., prior to its recent shipment. Northrop Grumman provides AEHF payloads to Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor. REDONDO BEACH, Calif….

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NASA looks to go beyond batteries for space exploration

Posted  April 9, 2014

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. The core technologies solicited in the Wednesday call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

Posted  April 9, 2014

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Hammack testifies on 2015 budget, calls for BRAC in 2017

Posted  April 9, 2014

The Army’s assistant secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment told senators that the Army needs another round of base realignment and closure in 2017. Katherine G. Hammack, along with her Defense Department and service counterparts, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee April 2. She presented the Army’s fiscal year 2015 military construction, or MILCON,…

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Lockheed Martin, ONR demonstrate airborne autonomy technology

Posted  April 9, 2014

As autonomous technologies continue to develop and grow within the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin and the Office of Naval Research successfully demonstrated the Lockheed Martin OPTIMUS mission system’s ability to accomplish an autonomous approach and landing in an unprepared environment. The system enhances the onboard intelligence of the vehicle and…

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Kelly Aviation Center is now Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions

Posted  April 9, 2014

Kelly Aviation Center, a leading provider of aircraft engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul for international commercial and military customers, has changed its name to Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions. “Since 1999, we have been proud to be Lockheed Martin’s only jet engine MRO service provider,” said Amy Gowder, vice president and general manager of LMCES….

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Missile delivery marks milestone for Armament Directorate

Posted  April 9, 2014

The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, recently. The JASSM and JASSM-ER variants are autonomous, long-range, highly-survivable, conventional air-to ground, precision-guided missiles. The weapons provide focused lethality to strike highly-defended, high-value targets….

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