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Northrop Grumman has partnered with Scaled Composites to design a new autonomous platform intended to be pitched in an attritable aircraft development effort of the U.S. Air Force, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. Northrop showcased on Sept. 8 Model 437, a stealthy jet with a 3,000-mile range, that is developed for the Skyborg program aimed […] More
Northrop Grumman subsidiary and rapid design, innovation and prototyping company Scaled Composites, has appointed Kevin Mickey as president and Cory Bird as vice president, effective immediately. Paul Meyer, Northrop Grumman advanced programs development general manager and VP, said Mickey and Bird’s over 20 years of experience will bring “ingenuity and perseverance to realize concepts” for Scaled Composites. Prior to […] More
Northrop Grumman has tested an in-flight connectivity designed to enable long range command and control for aircraft in highly contested environments. The demonstration exhibited how an advanced line-of-sight data link can support multi-domain battle management by connecting aircraft through an open-architecture network, Northrop said Wednesday. The company integrated a new mission-specific military transceiver, open architecture […] More
Northrop Grumman and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have established a new wireless transmission standard through a demonstration of a two-way data link that transmitted data at speeds of 100 gigabits per second over a 20-kilometer range. Northrop said Wednesday the demonstration conducted on Jan. 19 in Los Angeles marked the conclusion of the […] More
The latest version of the Firebird optionally-manned aircraft built by Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites subsidiary has been seen flying at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the Drive reported Saturday. Northrop's H03 Firebird intelligence gathering aircraft, which has the civil registration code N326JG, has been photographed by photojournalist David Wirth and features a large […] More
Stratolaunch Systems has completed a ground-based control test of its aircraft designed to facilitate air launches of rockets in order to bring satellites into low-Earth orbit, ValueWalk reported Wednesday. Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder who established Stratolaunch in 2011, said in a Twitter post that the Seattle, Washington-based company's aircraft recorded 46 miles per hour in top […] More
Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush has said the company has not reached a decision on whether to submit a proposal for the U.S. Air Force's $16 billion T-X trainer aircraft program, Defense News reported Thursday. Bush said at a quarterly earnings call Thursday that Northrop is still evaluating the request for proposals and that it is more interested to […] More
Orbital ATK and Stratolaunch Systems, a subsidiary of Vulcan Aerospace, have formed a partnership in an effort to provide commercial launch customers access to low-Earth orbit through air-launch space services. Orbital ATK will initially supply several Pegasus XL rockets for integration with Stratolaunch's aircraft as part of the partnership, the companies said Thursday. The Stratolaunch plane […] More
The Northrop Grumman-led team of contractors in a competition to build a new trainer jet for the Air Force will offer a new airplane design for the $1 billion program, Aviation Week reported Friday. Amy Butler writes Northrop’s Scaled Composites subsidiary will work on the design for the intended T-38 replacement jet and aims to conduct the first flight […] More
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