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Space Solar Power Initiative established by Northrop Grumman, Caltech

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s Joseph Ensor (left) and Caltech’s Ares Rosakis (right) shake hands as part of the recent SSPI commemoration event held at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. Northrop Grumman has signed a sponsored research agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of the Space Solar Power…

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Triton UAS conducts first flight with search radar

The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS equipped with a new search radar completed its inaugural flight April 18 over Patuxent River, Md., air space.

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Celebrate with NASA as agency commemorates Hubble’s 25th anniversary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 this year. The observatory has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond, and helped us find our place among the stars. NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders receive Congressional Gold Medal

Leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders April 15 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center Emancipation Hall.

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F-35 program on right track, director says

Luke Lightning strikes at Nellis Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15, 2015. Maintainers and operations personnel from Luke AFB and Eglin AFB, Fla., came…


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More ground robots to serve alongside soldiers soon

Posted  April 10, 2015

The dawning of a new age of Army ground robots will soon be here, said Scott Davis, program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support.

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Better Buying Power 3.0 strives to enhance U.S. tech edge

Posted  April 10, 2015

The United States must maintain technological superiority over potential adversaries and competitors, and the latest iteration of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative is designed to maintain that edge, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said in Washington, D.C., April 9. Called Better Buying Power 3.0, the program builds on previous versions, Work told Pentagon…

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Small Diameter Bomb II completes system verification review

Posted  April 10, 2015

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II program reviews prior to a mid-May Milestone C decision. During March and April, the SDB II team successfully completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review. A successful Milestone C brief and decision clears the way…

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CTF, Tunnel 9 continues to make facility the ‘go-to place’

Posted  April 10, 2015

"Tunnel 9 has operated under a Combined Test Force construct from day one at Arnold Engineering Development Complex," said Dan Marren, director of the AEDC White Oak, Md., site.

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North Island gets Fire Scout UAV avionics trainer

Posted  April 10, 2015

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit North Island, Calif., now offers a full spectrum of MQ-8C Fire Scout Vertical Take-off Unmanned Aerial Vehicle maintenance instruction with the arrival of their avionics training system March 30. CNATTU North Island is the single training center with the capability to train Fire Scout maintainers, and has…

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Raytheon, Kongsberg team on Naval Strike Missile

Posted  April 10, 2015

Raytheon and Kongsberg have formed a teaming agreement for the Naval Strike Missile. The pact represents a second step in the companies’ efforts to offer world-class Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare solutions to the many governments interested in this warfare mission.  Raytheon and Kongsberg formed a similar agreement last year to develop the Joint Strike Missile, the…

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Headlines April 8, 2015

Posted  April 8, 2015

News: U.S. promises to beef up defense aid to Persian Gulf allies – The White House has invited leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman – to the presidential retreat at Camp David in coming weeks, though the date is not confirmed. U.S. officials are…

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News Briefs April 8, 2015

Posted  April 8, 2015

U.S. approves $952 million sale of helicopters, missiles to Pakistan The Obama administration has notified Congress that it is selling Pakistan $952 million worth of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance. The State Department says the deal would help a vital counterterrorism partner and advance U.S. national security. The 15 Viper…

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NASA selects proposals for ultra-lightweight materials for journey to Mars, beyond

Posted  April 8, 2015

NASA has selected three proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures. The proposals will mature advanced technologies that will enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft by 40 percent for deep space exploration. “Lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures are one of NASA’s top focus areas capable of…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare cargo for ISS

Posted  April 8, 2015

Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Stationóranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal itemsóunder an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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