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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI Space

NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Army expanding, upgrading Gray Eagle fleet

Posted  June 29, 2012

The Army is upgrading its fleet of MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems while also advancing plans to equip each 10-15,000 Soldier division with its reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition...

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U.S. aerospace, defense execs expect significant merger, acquisition

Posted  June 29, 2012

Armed with significant cash on their balance sheets, and faced with hundreds of billions of dollars in federal defense budgets, U.S. aerospace and defense executives cite strategic acquisitions as the highest-priority investment area to spur company growth, according to a recent survey by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm. In the 2012 KPMG…

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ATK signs teaming agreement for Liberty Transportation Service

Posted  June 29, 2012

ATK and Astrium North America have signed a teaming agreement with NanoRacks, LLC, for NanoRacks to market opportunities for both astronaut explorers and the experiments they plan to carry into space on board the Liberty Transportation Service. “NanoRacks is a world leader in understanding the emerging commercial market for low Earth orbit utilization,” said Kent…

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Boeing to begin joint manufacturing research in Japan

Posted  June 29, 2012

Boeing and its three major Japanese airframe partners – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries – announced June 29 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. Under the MOU, the parties will commence joint research and work to create a…

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Veteran still building

Posted  June 29, 2012

While growing up in Los Angeles, John Bradach and his older brother Lloyd built most of the furniture in their parents' house. His first junior high school project was a laundry stick that was used to take laundry out of the wash tub before it hit the wringer.

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General Dynamics to acquire Earl Industries’ ship repair division

Posted  June 29, 2012

General Dynamics has entered an agreement to acquire the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl Industries, a leading East Coast ship repair company that supports the U.S. Navy fleet in Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla. The value of the cash transaction, which General Dynamics expects to be accretive to earnings in 2013, has not…

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Liberty second stage one step closer to production

Posted  June 29, 2012

Astrium, the number one company in Europe for space technologies and systems, has successfully completed a set of tests on tank structures proving that key design and manufacturing processes used for Ariane launchers are ready for production of the Liberty commercial launch vehicle second stage with ATK. The tests covering load-carrying cryogenic tanks demonstrate that…

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Project Lead the Way hits Antelope Valley

Posted  June 29, 2012

Thirty students from across the Antelope Valley participated in a week-long Gateway Academy at Lancaster High School under Project Lead the Way. Activities included building and launching rockets out of soda...

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Northrop Grumman awards grants to Los Angeles area schools to promote STEM

Posted  June 29, 2012

AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has provided grants worth a total of $2,700 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives at the Greater Los Angeles area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded nine individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that increase student awareness of…

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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce close on deal for program share in IAE

Posted  June 29, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, closed June 29 on its agreement to purchase Rolls-Royce’s program share in IAE International Aero Engines. More information about the closing will be announced by IAE at the Farnborough Air Show on July 9. “This strategic deal strengthens the presence of Pratt & Whitney and the IAE…

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