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Photo oddity: Global Hawks go biplane

Our colleague Zach Rosenberg filed on the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s completion of a flight test programme intended to prove the viability of autonomous high-altitude refuelling involving unmanned air vehicles. Performed using a pair of NASA-owned Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawks, the activity showed that refuelling could have been successfully conducted during 60% […]

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US Army conducts LEMV first flight

The US Army conducted the first flight test of its Northrop Grumman-built Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) on 8 August. The optionally manned hybrid airship was in the air for about 90 minutes during the flight, the army says. For this initial flight, which took place at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, a human pilot […]

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NATO AGS and the Anglo-French contribution

NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has got off the ground at last, with 13 nations having agreed to fund the acquisition and initial operation of five MP-RTIP-equipped Northrop Grumman Block 40 Global Hawks. Signed on the sidelines of NATO’s Chicago Summit, the AGS deal is worth $1.7 billion. That’s a major investment to make […]

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PICTURES: Northrop adapts B-2′s flying wing into airliner for NASA study

NASA two years ago challenged three aircraft makers — Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman — to design a next-generation airliner. Boeing’s and Lockheed’s designs have been revealed before. Northrop’s concept finally was unveiled last week at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Sciences Meeting in Nashville. It’s the first airliner optimized for radar […]

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What happens to Scaled Composites after Burt Rutan?

Burt Rutan founded Scaled Composites in 1982 and over three decades drove its research into such risky projects as the round-the-world flight of Voyager and the atmosphere-topping climb of SpaceShipOne. But Rutan retired from Scaled Composites seven months ago, and moved from southern California’s Antelope Valley to a lake on the foothills of northern Idaho’s […]

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VIDEO: Northrop Grumman flies clean X-47B

It took nearly eight months from first flight, but Northrop Grumman has retracted the landing gear of the X-47B in flight. Then it took another month for them to post the video, but at least it’s worth the wait.  The cruise flight test is a critical step on the path to achieving the ultimate goal […]

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VIDEO: Super Hornet narrowly avoids carrier deck calamity

At precisely 16:14 local time somewhere at sea on 25 September, two flight deck crew members decided to cross an active runway. It was precisely at that moment a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet came in to land. With the aircraft nose tilted upward, the pilot appears to have no way of seeing these two flight […]

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B-2 mishap evolves from ‘minor’ to ‘horrific’

From this: B-2 in minor fire at base in Guam Feb 26, 2010, 8:14 AM GUAM– A B-2 bomber engine caught fire this morning at Andersen Air Force Base. According to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, a B-2 aircraft deployed to AAFB, experienced a minor engine fire during a routine engine start […]

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Is the ‘Super Talon’ Northrop Grumman’s next surprise?

Northrop Grumman’s advanced development team has been busy lately. The last two years has yielded the revelations of MUVR, Wild Thing, MQ-X and, most recently, Firebird. Now, another secret concept may have leaked outside Northrop’s version of Skunk Works. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, Northrop has applied to register the rights to […]

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GRAPHIC: What it takes to install EHF on B-2

If anyone is wondering why it costs $372 million for Northrop Grumman to “begin developing” a new satellite communications antenna for the B-2 bomber, this graphic might help explain where all that cash is going. This slide came from a Northrop press briefing in September 2008.

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