General Dynamics Awarded $21 Million for RG-31 MRAP Upgrades

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Corps Systems Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a
USD$21.2 million delivery-order modification for upgrade kits for RG-31 Mk5E
vehicles previously delivered under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
(MRAP) vehicle program. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian
company’s parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:
GD).

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DRS TECHNOLOGIES AND ALENIA AERONAUTICA ANNOUNCE THE JOINT DEVELOPMENT OF A PORTABLE MAINTENANCE UNIT FOR THE C-27J MULTIPURPOSE CARGO AIRCRAFT

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. and ROME – November 30, 2010 – DRS Technologies and Alenia Aeronautica, both Finmeccanica companies, announce the joint development of a portable maintenance unit specially designed for the C-27J tactical military airlifter, for testing of onboard aircraft systems, loading of aircraft software, supporting ground maintenance and training activities.

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GUCP Work Delayed by Rain to be Finished Today

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Tue, 30 Nov 2010 01:04:50 PM GMT

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians plan to install reference dots on space shuttle Discovery’s ground umbilical carrier plate, or GUCP, to monitor for movement during tanking. The work was expected to be completed yesterday, but was delayed by rain.

The shuttle’s crew is practicing on-orbit tasks today in the motion base simulator at the astronauts’ training base at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Discovery’s launch is currently targeted for no earlier than Dec. 17, after shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed.

The Program Requirements Control Board reviewed on Nov. 23 repairs and engineering evaluations associated with cracks on two 21-foot-long, U-shaped aluminum brackets, called stringers, on the shuttle’s external tank. Managers decided the analysis and tests required to launch Discovery safely are not complete. The work will continue through this week.

The next status review by the PRCB will be Thursday, Dec. 2. If managers clear Discovery for launch on Dec. 17, the preferred time is about 8:51 p.m. EST.

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Analysis Continues on Discovery

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Technicians spray foam insulation on a section of repaired stringers on space shuttle Discovery’s external fuel tank. Photo credit: NASA

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 02:59:22 PM GMT

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery was powered down for the weekend while analysis continued. Today, technicians will install reference dots on the ground umbilical carrier plate, or GUCP, to monitor for movement during tanking.

Discovery’s launch is currently targeted for no earlier than Dec. 17 after shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed.

The Program Requirements Control Board, or PRCB, reviewed on Nov. 23 repairs and engineering evaluations associated with cracks on two 21-foot-long, U-shaped aluminum brackets, called stringers, on the shuttle’s external tank. Managers decided the analysis and tests required to launch Discovery safely are not complete. The work will continue through this week.

The next status review by the PRCB will be Thursday, Dec. 2. If managers clear Discovery for launch on Dec. 17, the preferred time is about 8:51 p.m. EST.

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Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for Intelsat Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a communications satellite that it designed and built for Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite operator, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays Friday afternoon, following its successful launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Since then, it has also fired its main thruster twice to begin maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.

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