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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft nears historic encounter with Pluto

Posted April 15, 2015 by

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons. “Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we’ve never…

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Local

Antelope Valley Ninety-Nines celebrate 25th Anniversary

Posted April 15, 2015 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Pilots Joanne Mc Carty and J.J. Shapiro (center) pose with card counters Phil Moores, Noelle Palmer, Erin Hambrick and Yuchuek Hsia during the annual Ninety-Nines Poker Run at William J. Fox Airfield. Shapiro won the highest hand of the day. She earned her license while battling cancer and has only…

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Defense

Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

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Courtesy photograph The KC-46A Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft #1 Dec. 28, 2014. Air Force officials announced April 14 that Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.; Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; and Grissom ARB, Ind. are candidate bases for the first Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A…

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Business

Boeing-built CH-147F maintenance training center opens in Canada

Posted April 15, 2015 by

In 2013 and 2014, The Royal Canadian Air Force took delivery of 15 new Boeing-built CH-147F Chinook helicopters, among the most capable and advanced variants of the legendary Chinook family. Now, the RCAF and Boeing have unveiled an equally advanced training facility for those helicopters in Petawawa, Ontario. The Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters Maintenance Training Center…

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News Briefs April 13, 2015

Posted April 13, 2015 by

Indian premier wins Airbus pledge to manufacture in India Airbus says it is ready to manufacture helicopters, satellites and military transport planes in India. The European planemaker made the announcement April 11 after a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to its headquarters in Toulouse in southern France. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said…

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Business

Laser-guided rocket hits the mark

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Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter fires an APKWS laser-guided rocket (artist rendering) The Australian Defence Force demonstrated the precision strike capability of BAE Systemsí Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket, firing the system from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter for the first time. Using a Forges de Zeebrugge rocket motor, warhead, and launcher, the…

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BAE receives U.S. Navy contract for vertical launching system canisters

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BAE Systems has received a $52.9 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide additional canisters for the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System. The VLS canisters are used to ship, store, and launch various types of missiles from Navy ships. We have a long history with the VLS canister program, said Chris Hughes, vice…

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Northrop Grumman names CTO of Electronic Systems Sector

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Northrop Grumman has named R. Eric Reinke III vice president and chief technology officer of its Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. Reinke will be responsible for the development of next-generation products and technologies that define the sector’s future competitive discriminators. In this position, he will interface with technology leaders in the customer community, with industry…

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Judge blocks appeal in Boeing age discrimination lawsuit

Posted April 13, 2015 by Roxana Hegeman

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers who claim they lost their jobs because of their age may to have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court’s dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked…

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Veterans

VA extends program for veterans with traumatic brain injury

Posted April 13, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 13 the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 extended this program through October 2017. We are pleased to extend this valuable program and…

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