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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at higher production rate

Posted March 18, 2013 by

Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. Boeing is in the process…

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Veterans

‘No delays in burials’ despite budget cuts at Arlington

Posted March 18, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by David Vergun A visitor to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., uses a free web-based app, which allows families and the public to locate gravesites, events and points of interest throughout the cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery staff won’t be furloughed “so there will be no delays in burials,” but needed infrastructure improvements are on…

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Aerojet announces successful requalification of Its Delta II AJ10-118K second stage engine

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Aerojet’s Delta II second stage engine, the AJ10-118K, successfully passed a requalification test of its ablative chamber at Aerojet’s J4 altitude simulation test facility in Sacramento. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The intent of the requalification program was to replace the asbestos insulator material with a readily-available and environmentally-friendly alternative. The three-burn hot fire test…

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World

NATO Secretary General discusses progress in Afghanistan

Posted March 18, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Though setbacks may happen, real progress is taking place in Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels March 18. In a news conference at NATO headquarters, Rasmussen discussed a recent trip to Afghanistanís Helmand province, once a Taliban stronghold, to visit International Security Assistance Force service members and meet with Afghan officials….

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Hagel orders review of U.S. defense strategy to test its underpinnings in light of budget cuts

Posted March 18, 2013 by

In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpinnings of the defense strategy that President Barack Obama announced 14 months ago. Hagel spokesman George Little said March 17 that Hagel wants to see the results by May 31. The Obama strategy, unveiled…

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations – California for SMAP spacecraft processing

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Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, March 15 announced that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., facility. SMAP is the second mission awarded by NASA under…

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

Posted March 15, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave…

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Navy completes EMALS shared generator testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Navy photograph The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) motor generator stores energy in the inertia of its rotor and releases that energy upon initiation of the aircraft launch onboard carriers. EMALS completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 14. EMALS is replacing the current steam catapult system on aircraft carriers, beginning with…

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Study finds soldiers’ PTSD diagnoses accurate

Posted March 15, 2013 by David Vergun

A report released March 8 by the Army’s surgeon general found a high degree of validity in the service’s diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho discussed findings of the Army Task Force on Behavioral Health during a media roundtable March 8 at the Pentagon. She said their report found…

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F-35B arrives at Edwards for missions systems testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds BF-17 arrival at Edwards Air Force Base March 5. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II and is operated by the Marine Corps. It’s the first mission systems B-variant to arrive at Edwards. The F-35 Integrated Test Force expanded their…

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