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News Briefs April 22, 2015

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U.S. says ship’s mission off Yemen is to protect navigation The White House says the U.S. aircraft carrier heading to the waters off Yemen is there to protect freedom of navigation and commerce. Navy officials said April 20 that the USS Theodore Roosevelt would beef up security following reports of Iranian ships heading toward Yemen,…

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AF realigns B-1, LRS-B under Air Force Global Strike Command

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The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1. The move will realign the Air Force’s core mission of global strike and all of the…

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General Dynamics NASSCO awarded $24 million for LCS sustainment

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General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships sustainment execution in support of LCS’ home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the contract, General Dynamics NASSCO will plan, furnish material and provide support and facilities…

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Kirtland fuel spill plume seems to bypass Albuquerque wells

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A fuel spill that officials worried might pollute Albuquerque, N.M., drinking water seems to be bypassing the city’s wells, according to experts. Leaders of the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill cleanup team say the plume appears to be headed north rather than northeast, the Albuquerque Journal reports. The direction means the fuel will…

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DRS successfully demonstrates first 10-micron high performance infrared sensors

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DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 21 that its highly anticipated 10-micron pixel pitch infrared detector has been successfully demonstrated to select defense industry prime contractors. The company will continue to schedule private showcases during the SPIE DSS tradeshow in Baltimore, Md. Initial demonstrations of the 10-micron pixel pitch sensor included an ultra-high…

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X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

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The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel…

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News Briefs April 20, 2015

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Last two Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum The last two ìDoolittle Tokyo Raidersî have presented their Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a museum in southwest Ohio. The medal arrived at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton in a ceremonial B-25 bomber flight. The medal was awarded by…

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Space Solar Power Initiative established by Northrop Grumman, Caltech

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Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s Joseph Ensor (left) and Caltech’s Ares Rosakis (right) shake hands as part of the recent SSPI commemoration event held at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. Northrop Grumman has signed a sponsored research agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of the Space Solar Power…

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UTC introduces active side-sticks to large commercial aviation

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UTC Aerospace Systems is introducing the world’s first active side-stick controller for large commercial aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems’ Actuation & Propeller business unit is supplying the active side-sticks for the cockpit of the new Irkut MC-21 single aisle aircraft. The MC-21 family of aircraft will…

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Boeing presents flight test 787 Dreamliner to air, space museum

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Boeing, elected and community leaders joined together April 17 to celebrate the permanent display of one of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes at the Pima Air & Space Museum. “Boeing has a strong presence in Arizona and is proud to share this important achievement in aviation history with the community, our employees and…

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