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Systima’s pyrovalves debut on spy satellite launch

After more than a week of delays, the National Reconnaissance Office was glad to see its latest spy satellite go into orbit on Oct. 15 — and so was Kirkland, Wash.-based Systima Technologies. When a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket … Continue reading

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Aerospace heavyweights strike $7.8B deal

Northrop Grumman’s purchase of Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion will create a company involved in projects ranging from America’s next stealth bomber and ballistic missile system to the International Space Station and the James Webb Space Telescope. The deal, previewed … Continue reading

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How Air Force One’s price is being trimmed

President Donald Trump was stretching the truth when he claimed that he trimmed a billion dollars from the cost of procuring the next two Air Force One planes, but a report on Defense One reveals that significant savings are indeed being made – primarily by … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches Air Force X-37B space plane

SpaceX launched the Air Force’s X-37B robotic space plane on its latest months-long, classified mission today – marking another first for the company, with an oncoming hurricane adding to the pressure. Evacuations in advance of Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall have already begun, … Continue reading

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BlackSky wins $16.4M Air Force contract

BlackSky, a division of Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, has been awarded a two-year, $16.4 million cost-plus prime contract with the Air Force Research Laboratoryto deliver a cloud-based platform that can provide geospatial intelligence to government agencies. The platform will provide on-demand analytics, collection … Continue reading

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Pentagon chief meets Jeff Bezos on tech tour

Amazon’s billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, played host to Defense Secretary James Mattis today during the Pentagon chief’s swing through high-tech hot spots (and military facilities) on the West Coast. “A pleasure to host #SecDef James Mattis at Amazon HQ in … Continue reading

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Hints point to military uses for Stratolaunch

Stratolaunch, the six-year-old space venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it’ll use the world’s biggest airplane to launch small satellites into orbit – but what kind of satellites? The company’s executives have always said the Pentagon could be a … Continue reading

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