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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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DARPA opens international dialogue on satellite servicing

Posted  April 26, 2012

Current satellites are not designed to be serviced in space. When a communication satellite in geosynchronous orbit fails 36,000 kilometers above the earth, typically, it is moved into a “graveyard” orbit where it...

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Boeing, World Class Aviation Academy open international Chinook training facility

Posted  April 26, 2012

Boeing and its Dutch partner the Rotary Wing Training Center officially opened a state-of-the-art CH-47 Chinook helicopter maintenance training facility near Royal Netherlands Air Force base Gilze-Rijen April 25. The RWTC is a subsidiary of the Netherlands’ World Class Aviation Academy. “Partnering with the WCAA and RWTC means we now can provide high-quality training to…

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Northrop Grumman wins Air Force electronic attack pod upgrade program

Posted  April 26, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $52.8 million, 27-month engineering and manufacturing development contract to upgrade its electronic attack pods. The program has a potential value of $480 million including EMD, a low-rate initial production phase and five production options. “We are honored that the U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Grumman to…

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NASA’s WISE catches aging star erupting with dust

Posted  April 26, 2012

Images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst and spraying the cosmos with dust. The findings offer a rare, real-time look at the process by which stars like our sun seed the universe with building blocks for other stars, planets and even life. The star,…

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Foreign military sales make partnerships strong, keep production lines hot

Posted  April 26, 2012

On the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi government has purchased $17 billion in military hardware from the United States. But they don’t buy it directly from manufacturers like Boeing or Sikorsky, they buy it...

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Raytheon first quarter profit jumps, lifts 2012 outlook

Posted  April 26, 2012

Raytheon posted a 17 percent jump in the first-quarter profit April 26 and the defense contractor boosted its full-year outlook with sales for missile, intelligence and information systems on the rise. The big jump in comparable net income was partially due to the charges that the company was saddled with during the same period last…

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Boeing opens new navigation system repair line at Ohio facility

Posted  April 26, 2012

Boeing marked the opening April 26 of a new Electrostatically Supported Gyro repair line at the company’s Heath, Ohio, facility. The new line increases the capability of the skilled workforce and equipment already in place for the repair and maintenance of the U.S. Navy’s Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator (ESGN, or Trident Navigation System). “As the…

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News Briefs April 26, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

North Korea: ‘Mobile weapons’ capable of striking U.S. A senior North Korean army official says his country is armed with “powerful mobile weapons” capable of striking America. Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho emphasized the importance of defending the North against the U.S. and South Korea as Pyongyang marked the 80th anniversary of the nation’s army…

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DARPA seeks non-thermal approaches to thin-film deposition

Posted  April 26, 2012

When the Department of Defense wants to build a jet engine, it doesn’t put a team of engineers in a hangar with a block of metal and some chisels. Jet engines are made up of individual components that are carefully assembled into a finished product that possesses the desired performance capabilities. In the...

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Goodrich first quarter profit falls, plane parts sales rise

Posted  April 26, 2012

Goodrich Corp., which supplies components for aircraft makers, said April 26 that first-quarter profit fell 4 percent on higher taxes and costs for its sale to United Technologies Corp. Sales of original equipment for large commercial aircraft rose 27 percent, which the company credited to increased airplane production by Boeing and Airbus. It said a…

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