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2014-06-24 20:20:24

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SBIRS provides our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence. The Air Force awarded initial funding for the two satellites in a...

2014-06-24 16:20:47

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) for the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite has completed on orbit testing ahead of schedule without any discrepancies, matching the high performance levels of others the company has provided. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO Launched Sept. 18, 2013, aboard a United Launch Alliance...

2014-04-03 16:20:16

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Spacecraft Entering Polar Orbit VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was successfully launched today at 7:46 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., atop an Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition shortly after launch. [High-resolution images of the launch and satellite are available here:...

2014-04-02 12:21:24

DMSP Satellite Inserts New Capability in Constellation Significantly Outliving Design Life VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The next Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is ready for liftoff April 3 from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch window will open at 7:46 a.m. PDT. DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters to find, track and...

2014-04-01 12:22:48

DENVER, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. GPS III space vehicles seven and eight (SV 07-08) received initial funding under a February 2013 long lead material contract for the Air Force's second set of four satellites, GPS III SV 05-08. Similar to this current award, the...

2014-03-20 12:22:19

DMSP Satellite Will Improve Military, Civil Weather Warning VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for an April 3 liftoff. The launch will take place aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. [Download a high-resolution photo from encapsulation...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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