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Air Force Declares SBIRS GEO-4 Satellite Operational

The fourth missile warning satellite that Lockheed Martin built for the U.S. Air Force has reached operational acceptance designation from Space Command. The service said Thursday that the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit 4 satellite transmits data to the 460th space wing-run mission control station at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado.

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NASA Preps Last Abort Test for Orion Spacecraft

NASA completed setting up the test vehicle for the demonstration of the abort system of its Orion spacecraft. The space agency will assess the system’s performance on July 2 at Cape Canaveral in Florida, NASASpaceFlight.com, reported Friday. The Ascent Abort-2 test will be the second and last for the Launch Abort System on the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft. NASA delivered the system's test booster to the launch pad in April, followed by the test article and the Orion Crew Module in May. 

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4th Space Operations Squadron Secures Access of AEHF-4 Satellite

The Space and Missile Systems Center handed control of a satellite unit to the 4th Space Operations Squadron during a ceremony on May 3. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 satellite has received operability status from SMC and is slated to join the 4th SOPS' satellite constellation, the Schriever Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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National Security Vet Charles Kupperman Named Deputy National Security Advisor

Charles Kupperman, a former executive at Lockheed Martin and Boeing, has been appointed to serve as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor. He holds over 40 years of national security experience, having held various executive and advisory positions during the Reagan administration, the White House said Friday.

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Report: Over 80% of F-35s Return to Flight After Fuel Tube Inspection

The F-35 joint program office has announced that more than 80 percent of Lockheed Martin-built fighter jets operating in the U.S. and overseas are now approved to recommence flight following the completion of a fuel line inspection, USNI News reported Monday. The F-35 JPO grounded the fighter aircraft on Thursday to facilitate the inspection of a fuel tube within the jet’s engine in response to an ongoing investigation into an F-35B crash that occurred on Sept. 28 near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.

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Report: Marines to Launch F-35B for Initial Combat Mission Soon

The U.S. Marine Corps could see its F-35B fighter jets take off for an initial combat mission in the next few days after an amphibious assault ship started its voyage toward the Persian Gulf, CNN reported Wednesday. Defense officials told the publication that the Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft aboard the USS Essex ship could be deployed soon to support airstrikes in Afghanistan.

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