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Heat shield for NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted December 6, 2013 by

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 4 aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, was to be unloaded Dec. 5 and is scheduled for installation on…

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U.S. Government Receives 200th C-130J Super Hercules

Posted December 6, 2013 by Todd R. McQueen

An MC-130J Commando II designated for Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. This MC-130J has the distinction of being the 200th C-130J Super Hercules delivered to the U.S. Government, which is the largest Super Hercules operator.

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New sortie record for Eglin F-35s

Posted December 6, 2013 by Andy Poulastides

A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4. The joint-program reached a new single-day record for F-35 sorties Dec. 4 with 45 training missions between all three models of the aircraft. The Marine B-model completed 32 of the…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted December 6, 2013 by

Court looks at protest ban at Calif. military base The Supreme Court seemed likely Decd. 4 to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a place he had been ordered to avoid: the zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at a California air force base. Protester…

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Ball Aerospace demonstrates ultra-lightweight telescope technologies for DARPA’s MOIRE program

Posted December 9, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has demonstrated unprecedented telescope technologies using ultra-lightweight polymer membrane optics. Ball is incrementally demonstrating technology needed to deploy a large, 20-meter-diameter, lightweight space-based telescope in geosynchronous orbit as part of the Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation program, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Most recently, Ball completed construction…

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Navy honors F/A-18 for 35 years of distinction

Posted December 9, 2013 by

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó The F/A-18 Hornet community celebrated the 35th anniversary of the aircraftís first flight during a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett building atrium at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Md. Sponsored by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), the celebration highlighted the accomplishments…

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Q&A: Airbus Chairman discusses suppliers for plant

Posted December 9, 2013 by Brad Harper

Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor is high on Alabama, and his opinion of its Capital City is on the rise. McArtor toured Montgomery, Ala., during a recent visit before being applauded by local leaders for his role in bringing a new airplane assembly plant to Mobile. But that $600 million plant and its expected 1,000…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted December 9, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted December 9, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VAs national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered…

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Astrium, Raytheon team to compete for NATO ballistic missile defense work

Posted December 9, 2013 by

Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, and Raytheon signed a teaming agreement that formalizes the companies’ plans to compete for the role as lead system engineers and integrators for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Ballistic Missile Defense Program. NATO’s BMD Program oversees the development and execution of ballistic missile defense capabilities, which expanded in…

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