Boeing, Malaysia Airlines Celebrate 100th 737 delivery

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SEATTLE, Dec. 19, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 100th 737 aircraft at an event in Seattle. Shown here Aminuddin Zakaria, senior vice president, airline engineering group, Malaysia Airlines; Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, chief executive officer, Malaysia Airlines; Erik Nelson, vice president of 737 field operations and delivery, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and Suvendoo Ray, Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales director, cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the special delivery.

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Partnership with airline spans more than 40 years

SEATTLE, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the carrier’s 100th 737 direct delivery today. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sunday.

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SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

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Commercial Crew Transportation. The Mission is in Sight.
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NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency.

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Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite Encapsulated In Launch Vehicle Fairing

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The U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-3 satellite (above) is encapsulated in its payload fairings for a scheduled Jan. 20, 2015 launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.
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The U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is expected provide warfighters global smart phone network-like coverage before the end of 2015. The MUOS-3 satellite, being encapsulated in its launch fairings above, is now scheduled to launch on Jan. 20, 2015. MUOS-4 will launch in the second half of 2015. MUOS-1 and MUOS-2, launched respectively in 2012 and 2013, are already operational and providing high-quality voice communications.

Satellite Team Ready for January 20 Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Dec. 19, 2014 – The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Hubble Sweeps a Messy Star Factory

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ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: Nick Rose

This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar to those thought to exist in the early Universe.

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HMCS Fredericton Prepares for Upcoming Deployment as part of Op REASSURANCE

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December 19, 2014

HALIFAX — The ship’s company of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton is preparing to deploy overseas to join the Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Mediterranean Sea as part of NATO measures to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe in light of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

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NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

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This illustration depicts Martian water reservoirs. Recent research provides evidence for the existence of a third reservoir that is intermediate in isotopic composition between the Red Planet’s mantle and its current atmosphere. These results support the hypothesis that a buried cryosphere accounts for a large part of the initial water budget of Mars.
Image Credit: NASA

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

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General Dynamics Awarded $36 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies

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GROTON, Conn., Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $36.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

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Armed Forces of the Philippines Awards Harris Corporation an $18 Million Order for Falcon III Radios and Vehicular Communications Systems

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Highlights:
• Supplies radios for next phase of mission-critical communications and internal security network
• Delivers integrated voice and data services up to brigade-level
• Represents continued international standardization on Harris Falcon® platform

ROCHESTER, N.Y.– Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded an $18 million initial order to provide the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with Harris Falcon III® tactical vehicular radios and intercom systems. The Philippine Army will acquire the radios for its tactical communications modernization program. The order was received during the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

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Airbus Defence and Space breaks world in-orbit longevity record

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§ Inmarsat-2 F2 satellite retired after more than 23.5 years of successful operation in geostationary orbit, far outliving its projected life of ten years

§ Second longevity record for Airbus Defence and Space following first Eurostar satellite Inmarsat-2 F1 retired after 22.5 years in orbit

 

Inmarsat-2 F2, the second Eurostar satellite designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, was retired from operational service and safely decommissioned this week after completing a record breaking flawless commercial mission in geostationary orbit of 23.5 years. It takes the record away from Airbus Defence and Space’s first ever Eurostar satellite, Inmarsat-2 F1 which achieved 22.5 years – both far outliving their projected design life of ten years.

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