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NASA ER-2 806 back on flight status; science flights scheduled

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 No. 806 completed a functional check flight Dec. 12 that validated the aircraft’s systems. The ER-2 recently concluded five months of maintenance work that included a 600-hour airframe inspection and 800-hour engine inspection. A new addition to the aircraft is the NASA Airborne Science Data and Telemetry System that records navigation data…

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Boeing ships third Intelsat 702MP satellite for launch

Posted December 19, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The third of four 702 Medium Power satellites that Boeing is manufacturing for Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, arrived at the Long Beach, Calif., home port of launch provider Sea Launch Nov. 28. Scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2013, Intelsat 27 is designed to…

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New trio lifts off to International Space Station

Posted December 19, 2012 by

With temperatures well below freezing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Tom Marshburn of NASA, Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency launched Dec. 19 to the International Space Station at 6:12 a.m., CST. The trio will dock its Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft to the Rassvet…

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Arc Light marked beginning of B-52 involvement in Vietnam

Posted December 19, 2012 by

By 1972, the war in Vietnam had persisted for more than eight years, characterized by a gradual, but massive buildup of U.S. forces. That massive buildup began in April 1965, with the highly-publicized event of U.S. Marines wading out of the sea and onto the beaches of Da Nang, South Vietnam. Concurrent to this, and…

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Boeing, FedEx Express announce order for four 767 Freighters

Posted December 19, 2012 by

Boeing and FedEx Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corp., Dec. 19 announced an order for four 767 Freighters. The order is part of FedEx’s initiative to modernize its fleet. “These additional 767 orders will help accelerate our fleet modernization program as we replace our aging MD-10 freighter fleet,” said James R. Parker, FedEx…

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Vice President of Integrated Mission Systems for the Defense Systems division

Posted December 17, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Jack Dorsett, vice president of Integrated Mission Systems for the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Information Systems sector.

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Veterans

Service members, volunteers, pay honor to fallen, lay wreaths at Arlington

Posted December 17, 2012 by

DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Trucks carrying wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Service members and volunteers render honors…

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Deployable radio frequency data backbone to match fiber optic capacity

Posted December 17, 2012 by

Fiber optic cables provide the core backbone for military and civilian networks, enabling Internet, phone, video and other data to move at super-high speeds with virtually no degradation over long distances. In deployed environments, where a fiber optic backbone doesnít exist, other communications modes are used resulting in reduced data-rate capacity for the warfighter. DARPAís…

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Boeing names vice president, general manager of unmanned airborne systems programs

Posted December 17, 2012 by

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd., will relocate to St. Louis, Mo., as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support,…

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World

Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in decades

Posted December 17, 2012 by Adam Schreck

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad Dec. 15, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbors. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR…

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