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DOD awards Iridium $400 million, five-year contract for Iridium airtime services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Iridium Communications Inc. announced Oct. 21 that it has been awarded a $400 million, multi-year, fixed-price contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide satellite airtime services to meet the communications needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and their federal partners. This five-year contract renews the provision for delivering Enhanced Mobile Satellite…

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News Briefs October 23, 2013

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Navy Blue Angels to resume performances next year The Blue Angels are set to return to the skies above air shows nationwide in 2014. The Navy has announced that the popular flight demonstration team will have a full schedule for the 2014 season. The team suspended its 2013 performance schedule this spring after forced federal…

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Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines finalize order for two more 737-900ERs

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines have finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order comes just two weeks after the Israeli flag-carrier took delivery of its first 737-900ER. This order brings the total number of 737-900ERs ordered by EL AL to eight. “This decision by EL AL to purchase…

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NASA’s great observatories begin deepest ever probe of universe

Posted October 25, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural “zoom lenses” found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see. In an…

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Boeing delivers Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways. It is Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier’s fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations. “The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for…

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Boeing, Korean Air finalize order for 12 twin-aisle airplanes

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Boeing and Korean Air have finalized an order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners that was announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has also announced an order for one additional 787 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is valued at $3.9…

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Gray Eagle completes 20,000 automated takeoffs, landings

Posted October 25, 2013 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that its Gray EagleÆ Unmanned Aircraft System has reached a record 20,000 successful automatic launch and recoveries with the Automatic Takeoff and Landing System. This milestone was achieved on September 25 and comes just…

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Lockheed Martin conducts third successful flight test of new GMLRS warhead

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted the†third† engineering development test flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate all test objectives were achieved. During the short-range test, three GMLRS rockets were launched from an MLRS M270A1 launcher and each destroyed its respective ground-based target…

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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Damien A. Guarnieri A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 24. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial…

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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted October 25, 2013 by

Military supplier blames closure on U.S. shutdown, sequester PORT HURON, MICH. ó A Michigan company that makes camouflage items for the military says the partial government shutdown is one reason itís going out of business. The Detroit News says that Port Huron-based GMA Cover Corp. announced the closing in a letter to its employees Oct….

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