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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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DOD puts strategy before budget for future force

Posted  June 1, 2012

The Defense Department has placed strategy before budget in facing present and anticipated threats while building its joint force for the future, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said May 30.

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Boeing delivers first Space Launch System hardware to NASA

Posted  June 1, 2012

Boeing has delivered NASA three flight computer software test beds, the first critical element for flight software development in support of NASA’s Space Launch System. Flight software controls the launch vehicle during preflight tanking operations and in flight. The test beds were delivered on April 25, ahead of schedule, to the Software Development Facility at…

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VA partnership aims to house 10,000 homeless vets

Posted  June 1, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced May 30 that it will collaborate with the “100,000 Homes” campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans this year. “President [Barack] Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among veterans,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision

Posted  June 1, 2012

NASA astronomers announced May 31 they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the...

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin GPS III flight operations contract

Posted  June 1, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The GPS III program…

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Navy names joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket

Posted  June 1, 2012

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced May 30 the next joint high speed vessel will be named the USNS Millinocket. The future USNS Millinocket is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of Millinocket, Maine. Founded in 1901, Millinocket’s main source of revenue for residents came from working at what was, at…

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NASA selects omnibus multidiscipline engineering services contract

Posted  June 1, 2012

NASA has selected SGT Inc., of Greenbelt, Md., for the Omnibus Multidiscipline Engineering Services contract for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $400 million. The effective ordering period is from June 1, 2012, through…

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Boeing delivers 20th 747-8

Posted  June 1, 2012

Boeing May 31 marked the 20th delivery of its new 747-8. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator. This marks the first time in Panalpina’s history that an airplane has been painted in the company’s livery….

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Aerotech NewsRadio – June 7, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Kim Cantrell & Michelle McCormack, are elementary school teachers at Branch Elementary School. On this week's interview the educators share how the Mojave Intermediate Space Challenge (ISC) transformed the way their students look at Science and Mathematics.

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Boeing receives DARPA airborne satellite launch study contract

Posted  May 31, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing has been awarded an 18-month study contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to evaluate technologies for on-demand small satellite launch systems. Under the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access contract, worth about $4.5 million, Boeing will analyze affordable, aircraft-based satellite launch platforms that can quickly deploy small satellites or…

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