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News Briefs January 9, 2015

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,213 As of Jan. 6, 2014, at least 2,213 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 1,833 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA selects commercial space partners for collaborative partnerships

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NASA announced Jan. 6 the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities…

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MEADS ready for transition to European follow-on programs

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The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System program enters 2015 as a candidate for next-generation air and missile defense requirements in both Germany and Poland. MEADS is a primary candidate for the German Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem, a new generation of air and missile defense that requires a flexible architecture based on strong networking capabilities. MEADS is…

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Boeing delivered all P-8As to U.S. Navy on schedule, on cost in 2014

Posted January 9, 2015 by timchisham

Boeing last month delivered the eighth P-8A Poseidon of 2014, completing all planned deliveries to the U.S. Navy for the year on time and on cost. That airplane, the 21st overall for the program, flew from Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 8. It joined other P-8As being used to train Navy crews….

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Navy names new Virginia-class attack submarine

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Jan. 9 that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover. Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Virginia-class submarines provide the…

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Boeing delivers F-22 training center with advanced visual system

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Boeing has improved the realism of ground-based F-22 Raptor training by delivering the first simulators for that aircraft with an immersive, 360-degree visual environment. Two simulators were installed, each paired with the Constant Resolution Visual System, Boeing’s patented display that provides high-resolution imagery for pilots to train with nearly 20/20 acuity. Boeing has delivered what…

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NASA satellite set to get dirt on soil moisture

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https://www.youtube.com/embed/GCBBEbKVwm4?enablejsapi=1&rel=0 A new NASA satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth’s soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our weather and climate is in final preparations for a Jan. 29 dawn launch from California. The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission will take the pulse of a key measure of our water…

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US Air Force’s European consolidation results announced

Posted January 9, 2015 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

The Office of the Secretary of Defense announced the results of the European Infrastructure Consolidation review Jan. 8, which will realign several missions in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa within seven years. Under the EIC, the Defense Department will divest three installations in the U.K., including realigning missions from Royal Air…

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Air Force, small business developing critical processors for satellites

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The Air Force Research Laboratory and a small business partner are developing technologies that they expect will enable successful use of high-power processors that operate on satellites with funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research program. A next-generation, micro-chip carrier is currently in development by ThermAvant Technologies LLC, located in Columbia, MO., and…

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Court tosses lawsuit against Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems

Posted January 9, 2015 by Roxana Hegeman

The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge Jan. 7, a major blow to a lawsuit that’s spanned nine years. When Boeing sold its commercial aircraft operations in Wichita, Kansas, to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems in 2005, 90 former Boeing workers claimed they lost their…

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