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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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J-2X engine ready for second test series

Posted  April 25, 2012

The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year’s successful test firings.

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Boeing delivers first Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental

Posted  April 25, 2012

Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, beginning a new era for the world’s most recognized airplane, and beginning a new era of increased efficiency, stronger environmental performance and greater enjoyment for Lufthansa and its passengers. “Lufthansa and Boeing have a long and proud history of working together to…

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Northrop Grumman first quarter profit falls 4.5 percent

Posted  April 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman said April 25 its first-quarter profit fell 4.5 percent, as drops in U.S. defense spending reduced sales at its major businesses. The Falls Church, Va.,-based defense contractor earned $506 million, or $1.96 per share, down from $530 million, or $1.79 per share, in the same quarter last year. The year-ago period was boosted…

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Orbital Sciences’ Antares passes fit check

Posted  April 25, 2012

Orbital Sciences Corp. is working hard and fast to get its Antares booster rocket and Cygnus cargo supply capsule flight tested this year. They have a milestone coming up under their Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with NASA. But CEO David Thomson told financial analysts…

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General Dynamics first quarter net income lags

Posted  April 25, 2012

Defense contractor General Dynamics said April 25 its first-quarter net income fell 9 percent, below analysts’ expectations. Earnings were hurt by cuts in government contracts and an accounting charge in its European combat systems operations. General Dynamics, which makes jets, tanks and other military vehicles, said its aerospace revenue was strong ó up 20 percent…

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Enterprise flight over New York City moved to April 27

Posted  April 24, 2012

NASA managers, in coordination with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, tentatively are targeting April 27, for the ferry of space shuttle Enterprise from Washington Dulles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Managers shifted the flight from April 25 to April 27 because of a large region of low…

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Army leaders discuss S&T strategy, priorities to deliver solutions

Posted  April 24, 2012

U.S. Army science and technology leaders need to deepen their relationships with the doctrine and war fighter communities so that together they can better define the Army’s science and technology priorities, senior leaders said April 18 during a…

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NASA’s Webb telescope flight backplane section completed

Posted  April 24, 2012

The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope’s hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope’s beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and…

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U.S., Afghanistan reach deal on strategic pact

Posted  April 24, 2012

The United States and Afghanistan reached a deal April 22 on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw. The pact is key to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan…

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Northrop Grumman missile defense system receives DOD recognition

Posted  April 24, 2012

The Department of Defense and the Association for Enterprise Information have selected Northrop Grumman as the industry winner of the DoD Enterprise Architecture Achievement Award. The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, developed by Northrop Grumman under the direction of the U.S. Army IAMD Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space…

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