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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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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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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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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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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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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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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 hosts 10th annual engineering competition

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman's Azusa campus recently concluded its year-end activities for the company's High School Involvement Partnership program with its tenth annual engineering competition and an awards dinner.

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