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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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News Briefs July 20, 2015

Posted  July 20, 2015

800 troops from U.S., Europe take part in Moldova exercises Some 800 troops from Moldova, the U.S., Romania, Poland and Georgia are taking part in joint military exercises in Moldova, a former Soviet republic that borders Ukraine. The Joint Effort 2015 exercises began July 19 and will run until July 25 at a military base…

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GPS IIF-10 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted  July 20, 2015

The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the tenth Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 11:36 a.m., EDT.

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Hughes demonstrates hi-def video over satellite from rotary wing aircraft

Posted  July 20, 2015

Hughes Network Systems announced July 20 that its Defense and Intelligence Systems Division successfully demonstrated the transmission of real-time, high definition video through helicopter blades with no signal disruption using its unique beyond-line-of-sight technology. Conducted on July 6-8, the testing of the Hughes end-to-end SATCOM solution for airborne platforms was performed on a NorthStar Aviation…

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Major savings occur as part of AEDC wind tunnel improvement program

Posted  July 20, 2015

Replacing the test article control system and Data Acquisition System feedthrough assemblies used at the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel is saving Arnold Engineering Development Complex more than $1 million this year.

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates open mission systems architecture across manned, unmanned systems

Posted  July 20, 2015

PALMDALE, Calif. — Northrop Grumman demonstrated in recent test flights that the U.S. Air Force’s Open Mission Systems architecture standards can be successfully integrated across multiple systems and platforms. These flights have paved the way for new capabilities to be integrated rapidly and affordably across advanced manned and unmanned aircraft. In June, at Edwards Air…

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General Dynamics awarded contracts Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted  July 20, 2015

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded two contract modifications by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75″/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for U.S. military services and Foreign Military Sales customers. Both options exercised are part of a supplies contract…

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AFRL, partner researchers use data science to improve aircraft manufacturing processes

Posted  July 20, 2015

The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with data science start-up Nutonian, Inc., have developed an advanced model that promises to improve the production and performance of metallic aircraft components. Since metals make up nearly three-fourths of turbine engine components and two-thirds of a typical airframe’s weight, their cost and performance have a significant effect on…

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Airbus CEO talks about emissions, innovation, more

Posted  July 20, 2015

These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes. Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders spoke last month to an aviation conference…

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NASA’s New Horizons discovers frozen plains in heart of Pluto’s ‘heart’

Posted  July 20, 2015

In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.

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Boeing to recognize charge for KC-46 tanker program

Posted  July 20, 2015

Boeing Company announced July 17 it will recognize a charge on the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program when it announces second-quarter 2015 results on July 22. The after-tax charge of $536 million ($0.77 per share) reflects higher estimated engineering and manufacturing costs to complete development, certification and initial production of the tanker aircraft, while holding…

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