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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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Lockheed Martin applies wind measurement technology for more precise cargo drops

Posted  June 13, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to adapt its WindTracer® wind measurement system to help C-130 and C-17 aircrews make safer, faster and more accurate airdrops of essential supplies to U.S. ground forces at remote locations.

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea. China’s defense ministry says Japanese F-15 fighters followed a Chinese TU-154 plane on regular patrol June 11 and got as close as 100 feet. It released two videos…

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Headlines June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

News: NORAD scrambles fighters against Russian bombers – Northern Command scrambled two F-22 Raptor and two F-15 Eagle fighters June 9 against a fleet of Russian bombers off the Alaska and northern California coasts, Pentagon officials said June 12.   NORAD: Russian bombers flew within 50 miles of California – The first encounter occurred at about 4:30 p.m.,…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner earns FAA, EASA certification

Posted  June 16, 2014

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand. “Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test…

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Enlisted pilots honored during ceremony

Posted  June 16, 2014

The military's sergeant pilots, enlisted aviators who served from 1912-1957, were honored during a monument unveiling and dedication at Maxwell-Gunter's Enlisted Heritage Hall June 9.

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DOD, Air Force leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help

Posted  June 16, 2014

The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said June 12, in a conference call with reporters Frank Kendall and Air…

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NASA Hubble to begin search beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission target

Posted  June 16, 2014

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015. The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object…

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Lockheed Martin to provide gyrocam sensor systems to Canada

Posted  June 16, 2014

Lockheed Martin will provide eight Gyrocam sensor systems to the Canadian Department of National Defense under a foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. The sensor systems, which will be delivered in third quarter 2014, will be installed on Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Canada classified the Gyrocam sensor systems contract…

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Fire Scout conducts flight with new radar

Posted  June 16, 2014

Navy photograph The MQ-8 Fire Scout prepares to land after its† first flight with a new maritime surface search radar June 16 at Webster Field Annex, Md. This upgrade will increase the situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment.† Fire Scout’s deployment with the new radar is planned for 2015.

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S-97 RAIDERô helicopter powered on for first time

Posted  June 16, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced June 16 it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new and first light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies…

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