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Gripen E performs first flight in Sweden

The Gripen E’s first flight is captured in this video which shows preparation, take-off and landing of the fighter.

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21 June, 2017

First qualification test carried out for Orbital ATK launch abort motor

Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully completed the first qualification test for the Orion spacecraft's launch abort motor on June 15. The motor is critical to crew safety, with the ability to pull the crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

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21 June, 2017

VSS Unity completes first ‘feather’ re-entry system flight test

On May 1, 2017, VSS Unity’s ‘feather’ re-entry system was activated in flight for the first time.

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4 May, 2017

 

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Northrop Grumman’s new modular panel-based radar excels in first flight test

Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed the first flight test of its innovative modular panel-based sensor, the company announced on June 13.

The open architecture, multi-function surveillance system represents a leap forward in radar capability. Among its defining features, the radar is hardware-enabled and software-defined, allowing for rapid adjustment to emerging mission requirements by adapting new modes and capabilities, including modes developed by third parties, that best suit the threat environment.

During the April exercise at Northrop Grumman’s state-of-the-art flight test facility in Baltimore, Maryland, the radar performed with exceptional stability and effectively executed ground moving target indicator (GMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) map modes on its maiden flight.

Northrop Grumman’s long heritage of providing air-to-air and air-to-surface surveillance solutions includes the AN/ZPY-2 radar on the Global Hawk, the AN/ZPY-3 radar on the Triton, and the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array radar on Australia’s Wedgetail aircraft. Northrop Grumman also provides the AN/APY-7 radar for the JSTARS E-8C.

June 14, 2017
 

Written by Michael Jones


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