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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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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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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Boeing makes 737 MAX design decisions

Posted  April 17, 2012

Boeing has made a series of design updates to the 737 MAX to further optimize the new-engine variant’s performance. “The 737 MAX is on-track to deliver substantial fuel-savings to customers starting in 2017,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program. “We’ve made several design decisions that support the performance targets for the…

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France tests its ship defense with U.S. Navy’s Supersonic Sea Skimming Target

Posted  April 17, 2012

As part of a foreign military sales case, the U.S. Navy worked together with French military to execute France’s first aerial-target live-fire event using a GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target, or missile, April 4. France’s military…

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NASA announces 16th undersea exploration mission dates, crew

Posted  April 17, 2012

An international team of aquanauts will travel again to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate a visit to an asteroid in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. This year’s NEEMO mission will begin June 11. It will build on lessons learned from 2011′s NEEMO 15 mission and test innovative solutions…

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Raytheon awarded $106 million for Aegis radar work

Posted  April 17, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $106.4 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the production of Aegis-related equipment, including the AN/SPY-1(D)V radar transmitter and MK99 Mod 14 Fire Control System. With this modification, Raytheon will continue its long history of reliable manufacturing of these two essential components, which are critical to Aegis’…

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Propellant tank installed

Posted  April 17, 2012

This photo taken March 3 shows the large hydrazine propellant tank prior to integration with the core structure of the MAVEN spacecraft at a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver, Colo. The tank will hold 450 gallons of hydrazine propellant and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. The tank was built by ATK Aerospace…

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Northrop Grumman Silent Watch distributed aperture system demonstrated on surface vessel

Posted  April 17, 2012

A team of Northrop Grumman engineers recently successfully demonstrated the capability of the company’s Silent Watch Electro-Optical Infrared Distributed Aperture System to enable a surface vessel to sense and track threats. The Silent Watch EO/DAS was originally designed and developed by Northrop Grumman to provide 360-degree situational awareness for F-35 pilots. The innovative threat warning…

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News Briefs April 17, 2012

Posted  April 17, 2012

Officials investigate shooting at Arizona military base Authorities are investigating a late-night shooting at Luke Air Force Base on the western edge of metropolitan Phoenix, Ariz. A person involved in the shooting attempted to flee from the scene by ramming one of the base’s gates. Base spokesman Lt. Ryan DeCamp says the shooting occurred around…

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Army focusing on industrial base, international sales

Posted  April 17, 2012

As the Army works vigorously to pursue its key modernization priorities while simultaneously seeking to lower costs and adjust to a changing budget, international sales opportunities are figuring prominently in the Army’s acquisition strategy, service officials said. International sales of U.S. systems, either…

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Boeing receives additional Laser JDAM contract from U.S. Navy

Posted  April 17, 2012

Boeing received a $12.5 million contract from U.S. Naval Air Systems Command March 12 for 1,116 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition sensors. This is NAVAIR’s third Low Rate Initial Production order for its Direct Attack Moving Target Capability. It follows an $8.3 million NAVAIR order for 700 laser sensors on Jan. 31 that allows the…

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Business Briefs April 17, 2012

Posted  April 17, 2012

HEICO acquires Aerospace Electronics product line HEICO reported April 16 that its Radiant Power Corp. subsidiary acquired the aerospace assets of Moritz Aerospace, Inc. in an all cash transaction. Radiant is part of HEICO’s Electronic Technologies Group. HEICO stated that it expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings within a year following the…

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