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X-48 Blended Wing Body Research aircraft makes 100th test flight

Posted November 5, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The upgraded X-48C version of Boeing’s Blending Wing Body subscale research aircraft banks over Rogers Dry Lake near “Contractors’ Row” at Edwards Air Force Base during a test flight Oct. 16, 2012. Combined with the earlier X-48B version, the X-48 technology demonstrator has now flown 100 test missions, more than…

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AFRL played major role in historic near-space jump

Posted November 5, 2012 by Michael P. Kleiman

For more than nine minutes Oct. 14, an international audience watched as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner egressed from a capsule 128,000 feet above the earth and fell toward the planet reaching speeds of 834 miles per hour, to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle. When Baumgartner safely touched…

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Boeing delivers the 7,370th 737

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Boeing photograph Boeing delivered the 7,370th 737 to come off the production line to Indonesia-based Lion Air Nov. 5. The airplane is Lion Air’s 75th Next-Generation 737. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all time with total orders exceeding 10,100 airplanes, including orders for the new 737 MAX.

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News Briefs – November 2, 2012

Posted November 2, 2012 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,015 As of Oct. 30, 2012, at least 2,015 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,680 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride MMIC product line

Posted November 2, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has developed a line of gallium nitride Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for military and commercial uses. These devices represent the first commercial availability of GaN-based components from the company. Initial engineering evaluation sampling is underway with quantities of three GaN MMIC products. They were developed for defense and commercial…

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SpaceX transitions to third commercial crew phase with NASA

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Space Exploration Technologies has completed its first three performance milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers. During the company’s first milestone, a technical baseline review, NASA and SpaceX reviewed the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket…

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General Dynamics, U.S. Army ARDEC demonstrate low-cost precision strike capability for tactical UAVs

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The testing consisted of three separate engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an 81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics’ Roll Control Fixed Canard control system…

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NASA selects contract for safety, environmental, medical services

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NASA has selected Earth Resources Technology, Inc., of Laurel, Md., to receive a contract for safety, environmental, and medical support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $55 million. This is a firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity hybrid contract that begins Nov. 16. The contract…

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Boeing opens first System Integration Lab for KC-46 tanker program

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Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. “Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing’s commitment to executing on this contract,” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46…

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Spot the space station over your backyard with new NASA service

Posted November 2, 2012 by

On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA announced Nov. 2 a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before…

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