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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 continues Orion parachute testing for future test flight

Posted  April 18, 2012

NASA April 17 successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle’s entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle’s orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during…

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Airdrops could play key role in eventual Afghanistan transition

Posted  April 18, 2012

During 2011, mobility airmen airdropped more than 80 million pounds of cargo for troops deployed throughout austere locations in Afghanistan. In the future, the Air Force expects airdrops to continue as troops move out of Afghanistan in coming years. In March, Marine Corps Gen. John...

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Honeywell Green Jet Fuel to power flights using new biofeedstock

Posted  April 18, 2012

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced April 18 that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel will be used for the world’s first comprehensive test program using a new biofeedstock specifically designed for biofuel production. The test flights, to be done in Canada with the National Research Council of Canada and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., will also feature in-flight…

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Air Force places $2.4 million order for AeroVironment Puma AE small UAS

Posted  April 18, 2012

AeroVironment received a firm fixed-price order valued at $2,431,440 April 5 from the U.S. Air Force for Puma AEâ„¢ small unmanned aircraft systems through an existing U.S. Army contract. Delivery is scheduled within two weeks. “More…

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Russia, China boost arms spending

Posted  April 18, 2012

The global financial crisis hit military spending in the U.S. and Europe last year, while Russia and China kept increasing their spending on weapons, a leading think-tank said April 17. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says budget cuts kept worldwide military expenditures nearly flat at 0.3 percent in 2011, marking an end to an…

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Northrop Grumman’s key spacecraft structure for Webb telescope passes design review

Posted  April 18, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continues to move ahead rapidly, with Northrop Grumman completing engineering design of the structure that supports the sunshield and keeps it aligned. The sunshield support structure has passed its Critical Design Review and is now ready to be manufactured. The structure will hold the sunshield in…

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Raytheon’s Space Fence System detects, tracks space objects

Posted  April 18, 2012

Raytheon’s Space Fence recently completed a comprehensive Preliminary Design Review demonstrating the S-band radar’s technical maturity in its ability to detect and track the increasing amount of space debris orbiting the Earth. This debris is proving to be hazardous to the increasing number of military and commercial satellites and other space activity in low and…

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Navy, General Dynamics unveil model of minehunting, heavyweight, unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted  April 18, 2012

Representatives from the U. S. Navy’s Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office and General Dynamics unveiled a quarter-scale model of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle, known as “Knifefish,” at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition being held in National Harbor, Md. Knifefish is a heavyweight-class, minehunting, unmanned undersea vehicle…

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Military association calls on Congress to stop war on TRICARE

Posted  April 18, 2012

The National Association for Uniformed Services strongly opposes the Pentagon plan for steep increases in TRICARE fees. The federal fiscal year 2013 defense proposal would raise fees for all programs in TRICARE, the military health care plan. “It’s an outrage to hear DOD tell military retirees that the costs for promised benefits are squeezing out…

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NATO conference focuses on post-2014 Afghanistan

Posted  April 18, 2012

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen April 18 emphasized support to Afghanistan beyond 2014 in remarks opening a conference of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium. Rasmussen noted the NATO summit in Chicago is a month away.

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