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NASA Again Delays Launch of Troubled Webb Telescope; Cost Estimate Rises to $9.7 Billion

The successor to the Hubble has had a series of mishaps during testing. An independent review board pushed back the launch for three years.

Secret Zuma Satellite Launched by SpaceX May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

SpaceX Launched a Secret Satellite. Then It May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

Northrop Grumman to Buy Orbital ATK for $7.8 Billion

The proposed deal to purchase the maker of components for missiles and satellites adds to consolidation in the aerospace industry at a time of growing military budgets.

Northrop Grumman Wins $21.4 Billion Pentagon Contract

The contract, which could expand to $80 billion eventually, is to build long-range strike bombers to replace the B-1 and B-52 bombers.

Northrop Grumman Wins $21.4 Billion Pentagon Contract

The contract, which could expand to $80 billion eventually, is to build long-range strike bombers to replace the B-1 and B-52 bombers.

Northrop Grumman Wins $21.4 Billion Pentagon Contract

The contract, which could expand to $80 billion eventually, is to build long-range strike bombers to replace the B-1 and B-52 bombers.

Lockheed in Deal to Cut Costs of F-35s

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will invest up to $170 million over three years on measures like changes in factory tooling or production lines.

Lockheed in Deal to Cut Costs of F-35s

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will invest up to $170 million over three years on measures like changes in factory tooling or production lines.

Lockheed in Deal to Cut Costs of F-35s

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will invest up to $170 million over three years on measures like changes in factory tooling or production lines.

Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace Delivers Antennas For Next-Generation GPS III Satellites 3 through 6 — Press Release

CARPINTERIA, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

The company’s Astro Aerospace strategic business unit delivered the antennas to Lockheed Martin, which leads the industry team developing GPS III satellites in Littleton, Colo. Once installed, eight JIB antennas on each GPS III satellite will deploy to form an RF antenna array.

This is the delivery of the first 32 antennas supporting the third through sixth GPS III space vehicles out of 48 total antennas on order for GPS III space vehicles three through eight. Sixteen more JIB antennas will be delivered in early 2014, according to Dan Johansen, Astro Aerospace Program Manager.

“Astro Aerospace has delivered more than 1,000 JIB assemblies altogether for GPS IIF, GPS IIR and GPS III spacecraft, all with a 100 percent on orbit success rate,” said Johansen. “The antennas we supply are designed to help Lockheed Martin and the Air Force meet affordability and mission assurance goals for the next generation of GPS satellites.”

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian user connectivity.

The JIB antenna is a stored energy monopole that deploys typically in 200 milliseconds. The stowed package is one of the smallest available and most compact for a deployable antenna of a given size. The unit is adaptable and comes in diameters from 0.25″ up to 2″ for impedance matching and in lengths from 12 inches to 25 feet.

Astro Aerospace, a pioneer of space deployable structure technologies, has a perfect record of on-orbit deployments since it was founded in 1958. Having delivered hardware for hundreds of spaceflight missions, it operates under the Aerospace Products group that offers a broad set of mature, proven and affordable products and services. For additional information about Astro Aerospace please visit www.northropgrumman.com/AerospaceProducts

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Inmarsat selects Northrop Grumman to provide spectrum monitoring for Global Xpress ® government users — Press Release

SINGAPORE
, Fla., Feb. 11 , 2014 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced today that it has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation to field its Spectrum Interference and Monitoring System
(SIMS) to government users of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service.

SIMS will provide improved speed, flexibility, and performance in monitoring Global Xpress services. Northrop Grumman developed SIMS based on the globally-deployed monitoring system it previously developed for the Department of Defense (DoD) Wideband Global System (WGS) constellation. Through familiar user interfaces, customizable views and graphical reporting, SIMS provides Inmarsat value added resellers (VARs), network operators and government customers with unparalleled insight i
nto their networks’ operations. SIMS is the advanced tool needed for spectrum situational awareness, rapid
interference detection, and problem resolution, ensuring optimal availability, reliability and quality of service to Global Xpress users.

Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) will be the first globally available high-speed, mobile commercial satellite wideband network. It will offer the unique combination of global coverage from a single operator, consistent performance everywhere, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned. GX is the first satellite fleet from Inmarsat that will access Ka-band frequencies and allow for even higher bandwidth communication, virtually anywhere in the world. The first satellite
(Inmarsat-5 F1) was successfully launched on December 8th, 2013 covering Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. Full
global coverage from the GX constellation of three Ka-band satellites is scheduled to be achieved by the end of 2014.

“We are excited to have Northrop Grumman as a mission partner in providing spectrum monitoring capabilities to our Government customers”, said Peter Hadinger, President, Inmarsat US Government Business Unit. “We have designed Global Xpress from the ground up to be a trusted network that complements the Wideband Global System and other MILSATCOM. We chose an advanced spectrum and interference monitoring system that is based on a common platform to the one used by the U.S. DoD to facilitate interoperability and support our commitment to assured access.”

“Northrop Grumman is proud to partner with Inmarsat on SIMS. This leveraging of defense technology and
operational flexibility represents a tangible and game-changing step in the collaboration between defense and commercial SATCOM that both enhances the value of Global Xpress services and sets a standard for future partnerships,” said Martin Amen,
director of satellite and network operations for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector.

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Thomas V. Jones, Builder of Northrop Into Big Military Contractor, Dies at 93

Mr. Jones was one of the last of the swashbuckling breed of aerospace-industry titans who were almost synonymous with their corporations and the aircraft they produced.

Thomas V. Jones, Builder of Northrop Into Big Military Contractor, Dies at 93

Mr. Jones was one of the last of the swashbuckling breed of aerospace-industry titans who were almost synonymous with their corporations and the aircraft they produced.

Thomas V. Jones, Builder of Northrop Into Big Military Contractor, Dies at 93

Mr. Jones was one of the last of the swashbuckling breed of aerospace-industry titans who were almost synonymous with their corporations and the aircraft they produced.

Chinese Stealth Drone Makes First Flight

According to state-run media, the Lijian, or “Sharp Sword,” combat drone made its first flight of about 20 minutes on Thursday.

Chinese Stealth Drone Makes First Flight

According to state-run media, the Lijian, or “Sharp Sword,” combat drone made its first flight of about 20 minutes on Thursday.

Chinese Stealth Drone Makes First Flight

According to state-run media, the Lijian, or “Sharp Sword,” combat drone made its first flight of about 20 minutes on Thursday.

Military Suppliers Push for Europe-Made Drone

The proposal, a joint effort of EADS, Dassault Aviation and Finmeccanica, is intended to reduce dependence on U.S. and Israeli manufacturers.

Military Suppliers Push for Europe-Made Drone

The proposal, a joint effort of EADS, Dassault Aviation and Finmeccanica, is intended to reduce dependence on U.S. and Israeli manufacturers.

Military Suppliers Push for Europe-Made Drone

The proposal, a joint effort of EADS, Dassault Aviation and Finmeccanica, is intended to reduce dependence on U.S. and Israeli manufacturers.

Defense Minister May Become a Liability for Merkel

Angela Merkel’s long-time friend, Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, is fighting for his political survival because of a deepening scandal over the expense of Germany’s failed effort to develop a surveillance drone.

Defense Minister May Become a Liability for Merkel

Angela Merkel’s long-time friend, Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, is fighting for his political survival because of a deepening scandal over the expense of Germany’s failed effort to develop a surveillance drone.

Defense Minister May Become a Liability for Merkel

Angela Merkel’s long-time friend, Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, is fighting for his political survival because of a deepening scandal over the expense of Germany’s failed effort to develop a surveillance drone.

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