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NAWCWD manned for unmanned systems

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division scientists, engineers, technicians and operators are involved in all levels of Unmanned Systems research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation.

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NASA employees go ‘above and beyond’

Three NASA employees recently received the Exception Engineering Achievement Medal at Armstrong NASA Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Educating future workers

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently hosted the Antelope Valley Board of Trade business luncheon for September and the featured guest speaker was Christos Valiotis, physics professor at the Antelope Valley College.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rocket move closer to first flight

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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TACP-M ties it all together

Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an airman.


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Nation faces security paradox

Posted  April 16, 2012

The world today is less violent but also more dangerous than at any other time in human history, the nation’s senior military officer told a Harvard University audience April 12. That “counterintuitive combination” of peace and potential conflict is “the essence of what I like to call the security paradox,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,…

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F-35A pilots complete Eglin’s first formation flight

Posted  April 16, 2012

Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 33rd Fighter Wing soar over the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., range during the unit’s first joint strike fighter formation flight April 10, 2012. Lt. Col. Eric Smith, 58th Fighter Squadron director of operations, flew the lead aircraft while Marine Maj. Joseph Bachmann, Fighter Attack…

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U.K.’s first F-35 makes inaugural flight

Posted  April 16, 2012

BK-1, the United Kingdom’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, flew its inaugural flight April 13. Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti took the short takeoff/vertical landing jet through a series of functional flight checks during a sortie that lasted 45 minutes. The jet will…

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Unmanned vessel could soon be working for U.S. Navy

Posted  April 16, 2012

Technology that sent unmanned aircraft over Iraq and Afghanistan soon could be steering unstaffed naval boats for such dangerous tasks as minesweeping, submarine detection, intelligence gathering and approaching hostile vessels. Defense contractor Textron Inc. demonstrated what it calls its Common Unmanned Surface Vessel technology Thursday at its Textron Marine & Land Systems shipyard in New…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly of Near Infrared Camera for space telescope

Posted  April 16, 2012

Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly of the Near Infrared Camera Instrument Modules. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The work was done at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where environmental testing is about…

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F-35 training center begins formal training

Posted  April 16, 2012

While celebrating each F-35 Lightning II arrival, the integrated joint strike fighter training team at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., also recently opened the doors for the first Air Force certification courses on the logistical support behind the nation’s newest weapons platform. The 33rd Fighter Wing has eight…

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Air Force officials release draft EIS for F-35 operational basing

Posted  April 16, 2012

The Air Force has filed a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed operational basing of the F-35 Lightning II within the continental United States. The current active Air Force and Air National Guard alternatives under consideration are: Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Jacksonville Air Guard Station, Fla.; Mountain Home…

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Raytheon, Lockheed Martin complete integration milestone on upgrade of Global Positioning System

Posted  April 16, 2012

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first significant integration milestone between Raytheon’s Global Positioning System and Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellite system. The joint Lockheed Martin/Raytheon team successfully exchanged satellite commands and telemetry data between the GPS III satellite simulator in Newtown, Penn., and the OCX development site in Aurora, Colo. The integration of…

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New jet engine test cells under construction at Tinker

Posted  April 16, 2012

Two more jet-engine test cells are under construction at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. According to Mason Hopkins, Engine Test Program Manager with the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group, one of the structures will provide depot testing capability for the F135 engine, the power plant in the F-35 Lightning II…

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Utah air base could lose jobs with F-35 jets

Posted  April 16, 2012

According to an Air Force study, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base could lose jobs under a plan to replace an aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with the new F-35. A draft environmental impact statement, released April 13, says Hill would need from $18 million to $40 million in construction, depending on the number of…

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