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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

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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Army develops first-of-its kind phase-coherent fiber laser array system

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Computational and Information Science Directorate's Intelligent Optics Team, and partners, recently developed, engineered, demonstrated and delivered the world's first known working Adaptive Phase Coherent Fiber Laser Array system

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Raytheon awarded $115.5 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $115.5 million contract to remanufacture, overhaul and provide upgrades to Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems. The CIWS is an integral element of the Navy’s Fleet Defense In-Depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program. Work under the contract, which was signed during the second quarter 2014, is expected to be completed…

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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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Airmen wrap up ‘Eager Lion’ over Jordan skies

Posted  June 11, 2014

For the past two weeks, airmen from around the world converged in Jordan to provide airpower to sister services and partner nations throughout Exercise Eager Lion 2014.

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NASA instruments begin science on European spacecraft set to land on comet

Posted  June 11, 2014

Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and  sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation….

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Global Hawk again recognized for exemplary sustainment excellence

Posted  June 11, 2014

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force awarded the prestigious Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for superior performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness to the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk high altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft program produced by Northrop Grumman. The Sustainment Excellence Award is named…

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NASA names Schmidt director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the…

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Northrop Grumman receives funding for electronic warfare systems for U.S. Army, Navy

Posted  June 11, 2014

Northrop Grumman has received funding to produce pre-production units of the APR-39D(V)2 radar warning receiver/electronic warfare management system. Under terms of the joint services contract with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman will produce 18 APR-39D(V)2 units. Delivery is anticipated in late 2014 to begin hardware-software and platform integration testing in 2015. The…

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Laser weapon being readied for Marine vehicles

Posted  June 11, 2014

As the Navy prepares to deploy its first laser weapon on a ship later this summer, Office of Naval Research officials announced June 11 that they have finished awarding contracts to develop a similar weapon to be used on ground vehicles. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program, commonly referred to as GBAD, aims…

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Orbital’s second Cygnus resupply mission to International Space Station postponed

Posted  June 11, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has updated its Antares launch schedule for the Orb-2 mission to a date no earlier than July 1, 2014. Orb-2 is the second of eight cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under the company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract…

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