MH-60R Helicopter Departs Lockheed Martin To Complete First Operational Navy Squadron


Owego, NY, July 30th, 2008 — MH-60R helicopter departs Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY, for the flight to its home base at Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike squadron HSM-71 in CaliforniaLockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] completed its initial deliveries of aircraft to the U.S. Navy’s first operational MH-60R helicopter maritime strike squadron, the HSM-71 Raptors, ensuring the squadron is ready for its deployment with an aircraft carrier strike group. The San Diego-based pilot and crew departed with the aircraft July 24 for the three-day journey home from Owego, NY.

Lockheed Martin is the prime air weapons systems integrator for the MH-60R, the Navy’s most advanced submarine hunting and surface warfare helicopter. The team has integrated and delivered 11 aircraft to HSM-71.

Cmdr. Michael Nortier, HSM-71 commanding officer, personally accepted delivery of the squadron’s final MH-60R helicopter after addressing industry and government team members in the hangar.

Lockheed Martin Provides Critical VUIT-2 Capability to Apache Helicopters


ORLANDO, FL, July 30th, 2008 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a contract from the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) to lead the Apache Video from Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Interoperability Teaming – Level 2 (VUIT-2) program through September 2009.

The Apache VUIT-2 system receives streaming battlefield video and metadata from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and displays it on Apache cockpit multi-purpose displays, enhancing situational awareness and dramatically reducing the sensor-to-shooter timeline, improving effectiveness against time-critical targets.

As the systems integrator, Lockheed Martin will transition VUIT-2 to production. The Army first awarded Lockheed Martin a contract in 2007 for development, production and rapid fielding of the VUIT-2 system for the initial demonstration battalion.



Gaithersburg, MD, July 30th, 2008 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a prime contract under the U.S Air Force’s Future Flexible Acquisition & Sustainment Tool (F2AST). Lockheed Martin was one of twelve companies selected by the Air Force’s Warner Robins Air Logistics Center that is eligible to compete for a maximum of $6.9 billion under the new 10-year acquisition contracting program.

F2AST is a follow up to the existing Flexible Acquisition & Sustainment Tool (FAST) and Integrated Weapon System Support Programs (IWSSP) contracts. Lockheed Martin is an existing FAST contract holder.

Under the new contract, Lockheed Martin will vie for a wide range of development, modification and maintenance indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) task orders in support of all U.S. Air Force managed weapons systems and Special Missions programs.

Northrop Grumman to Upgrade Portuguese Air Force F-16s With LITENING Advanced Targeting System


ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., July 31, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — The Portuguese Air Force today announced the selection of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) third-generation LITENING Advanced Targeting (AT) system for their F-16 Advanced Targeting Pod upgrade program.

Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will deliver 12 targeting pods and spares to the Portuguese Air Force beginning this year, with final deliveries in 2009.

ESA prepares for November’s Ministerial Meeting

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The ExoMars rover will be ESA’s field biologist on Mars. Its aim is to further characterise the biological environment on Mars in preparation for robotic missions and then human exploration.

Credits: ESA

In November 2008, the ministers responsible for space activities in ESA’s member states and Canada will gather in The Hague to set the course of Europe’s space programme over the period ahead. They will be invited to endorse the next stages in a series of ongoing programmes and to commit to the start of new programmes.

The main purpose of ESA’s programmes will be to consolidate Space as a strategic asset of fundamental importance for the independence, security and prosperity of Europe. Space is an enabling tool. It gives European decision-makers the ability to respond to critical challenges such as climate change and global security, makes a significant contribution to Europe’s growth and employment, provides indispensable enabling technologies and services for the knowledge-based society, and increases the understanding of our planet and Universe. Space also contributes to European identity, cohesion and security, providing inspiration for possible future human endeavour and drawing young people into scientific and technical education.

ESA meets increasing demand for Earth observation data


About 1000 scientists from around the world gathered in Montreux, Switzerland, for a five-day symposium held from 23 to 27 April 2007 to discuss, present and review their findings on the state of our world’s land, oceans, ice and atmosphere using data from ESA Earth observation satellites, in particular Envisat – the largest environmental satellite ever built.

Credits: ESA

Earth observation satellite data have never been in more demand than today as missions have demonstrated their ability to enable better understanding and improved management of the Earth and its environment.

ESA is meeting this demand by providing additional data, serving large science programmes, enlarging network stations and making more data available in near-real time.

Responding to calls from ESA’s Principal Investigators (PI), the agency has released some 20 Announcement of Opportunity (AO) calls over the last decade that allow access to Earth observation (EO) data from ESA’s ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, Earth Explorers and Third Party Missions.

As a result, more than 1500 scientific projects for research and applications development have been accepted and are receiving data free of charge.

Mars Express acquires sharpest images of martian moon Phobos

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Mars Express closed in on the intriguing martian moon Phobos at 6:50 CEST on 23 July, flying past at 2.96 km/s, only 100 km from the centre of the moon. The ESA spacecraft’s fly-bys of the moon have returned its most detailed full-disc images ever, also in 3-D, using the High Resolution Stereo Camera on board.

Phobos is what scientists call a ‘small irregular body’. Measuring 27 km × 22 km × 19 km, it is one of the least reflective objects in the Solar System, thought to be a captured asteroid or a remnant of the material that formed the planets.