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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Machinists union strikes at Stennis over pensions

Posted  May 19, 2014

As many as 116 Lockheed Martin employees at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., are on strike. Machinists union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Lodge 2249 voted down a contract offer May 15 from Lockheed Martin that would have ended worker pensions. “It’s a single issue that drove the strike vote,” Larkin…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science from space station

Posted  May 19, 2014

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m., EDT, May 18 in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will…

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DOD joins efforts to suppress Southern California wildfires

Posted  May 19, 2014

The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said May 16.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dynetics announce strategic partnership

Posted  May 19, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne), a GenCorp company, and Dynetics have announced a strategic partnership in Huntsville, Ala., to enhance collaboration in aerospace technologies and systems. Based on marked success supporting NASA’s Space Launch System Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction program, AR and Dynetics plan to expand the existing partnership to include: high-temperature, lightweight materials; next…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation completes critical wind tunnel tests for Dream Chaser spacecraft

Posted  May 19, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation has successfully completed the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is…

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Gulfstream introduces the new G650ER

Posted  May 19, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. May 19 announced the new G650ER, an ultra-long-range aircraft that can travel 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90. This represents an increase of up to 500 nm/926 km over the range of the G650, which entered service in 2012. “The G650ER provides our customers…

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Elbit Systems of America awarded two contracts to upgrade Marine Corps AH-1W attack helos

Posted  May 19, 2014

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has been awarded two contracts, totaling $14.1 million, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps’ upgrade of their Bell AH-1W attack helicopter fleet. One contract, in the amount of $11.6 million, calls for Elbit Systems of America to provide helmet display tracker system kits on…

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ATK Technologies bring improved capabilities to GPS users

Posted  May 19, 2014

A Delta IV rocket lifts the Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite into space May 16, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIF-6 is the sixth in a series of 12 next generation GPS satellites. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. Multiple ATK technologies played an…

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First B-52 upgraded with innovative Boeing CONECT system

Posted  May 19, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has introduced into its B-52 fleet the first aircraft upgraded with an advanced communications system, developed by Boeing, that keeps the bomber ahead of emergent threats while improving aircrew safety and situational awareness.

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Headlines May 19, 2014

Posted  May 19, 2014

News: VA’s top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets’ care – The Veterans Affairs Department’s top health official abruptly resigned May 16 amid the exploding scandal over delays in veterans’ care.   Business: Airbus looks to overseas, cyber to grow business – free-spending days of the mid-2000s are all but over for the defense…

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