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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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NASA announces winners of challenge to design hurricane-tracking unmanned aerial systems

Posted  July 9, 2014

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the unmanned aerial systems currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

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Global Hawk takes part in NATO exercise

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman has taken part in Unified Vision 2014, NATO’s largest trial of Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability aimed at demonstrating and evaluating the Alliance’s ability to coordinate and deploy crucial Allied ISR systems. During the 10-day trial, U.S. European Command, in close coordination with and in support of NATO flew the high altitude…

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U.S. Air Force GPS technology exceeds technical requirements in critical test

Posted  July 9, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated successful operation of its next-generation Military-code GPS signal in a jamming environment using a Raytheon Creceiver. In a recent test, the Raytheon-built Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 maintained GPS satellite tracking and provided accurate navigation at jamming levels far exceeding technical requirements. The MAGR2K was…

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Army invests in 3-D bioprinting to treat injured soldiers

Posted  July 9, 2014

A team of scientists scans the surface of severely burned skin, creates a three-dimensional map of the wound with a laser, and then prints skin cells onto the patient using a 3-D bioprinter.

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Northrop Grumman to break ground on new M-SAT facility

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman is investing $20 million to construct a new 25,000 square foot facility to handle space payload integration programs. Construction begins this month and will be completed by a Maryland-based construction company during the summer of 2015. The building will house up to 80 engineers and technicians working on space systems assembly, integration and…

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Airmen, aircraft continue Greenland mission

Posted  July 9, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Benjamin German LC-130 Hercules takes off June 29, 2014, from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Two LC-130s and 70 Airmen from the Wing recently completed the fourth rotation of the 2014 Greenland season. The unit flies supply and refueling missions to various camps in support of the National Science Foundation and also trains…

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ULA successfully completes CDR for Boeing Commercial Crew Accommodations at launch pad

Posted  July 9, 2014

United Launch Alliance recently completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the launch site accommodations that will support commercial crew launches of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation-100 at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida. The CDR, supported by Boeing, NASA, and the Air Force, approved the design for the Crew Access Tower, Crew Access Arm…

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Aegis Combat System’s newest baseline demonstrates over-the-horizon capability in series of three tests

Posted  July 9, 2014

The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System recently completed multiple exercises including the longest-range engagement ever tested with a Standard Missile-6. This is the first major series of tests for the integrated air and missile defense-equipped USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and highlights the system’s accuracy in identifying and destroying…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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USAFE-AFAFRICA releases investigation results on HH-60 accident

Posted  July 9, 2014

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman,…

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