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317th AG delivers during massive JFE

Posted December 15, 2014 by A1C Autumn Velez

Air Force photograph by A1C Alexander Guerrero Eleven C-130H Herculesí from various Air National Guard units and thirteen C-130J Super Herculesí from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepare to take off from Dyess AFB in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B Dec. 6,…

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NASA tests software that may help increase flight efficiency, decrease aircraft noise

Posted December 15, 2014 by

NASA researchers Dec. 12 began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports. Known as ASTAR, or Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes, the software is designed to give pilots specific speed information and guidance so that planes can be…

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Space

Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport bid

Posted December 15, 2014 by Mark Thiessen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The state-owned space agency Dec. 12 named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to reconfigure a launch pad to accommodate larger rockets than what the Kodiak Launch Complex can currently handle. Lockheed Martin beat out three other bidders to reconfigure launch pad one at the Kodiak site, officials with the…

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U.S., U.K. sign framework for future naval cooperation

Posted December 15, 2014 by

Leaders of the U.S. and British navies agreed on a shared vision for closer cooperation Dec. 11, the culmination of a yearlong effort that will build on a long-standing maritime partnership over the next 15 years. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and his counterpart in the United Kingdom, First Sea Lord Sir George…

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Air Force approves full rate production for JASSM-ER

Posted December 15, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range. JASSM-ER successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing in 2013. During IOT&E, the program had a 95 percent success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights. Lots 11 and 12 of the…

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News Briefs December 12, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by

Polish leader hails purchase of U.S. missiles Poland’s defense minister says long-range missiles the country is purchasing from the U.S. are the most modern military equipment the country has ever purchased and that they are especially needed at this time of tension in the region. Tomasz Siemoniak spoke Dec. 11 at the signing ceremony for…

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Navy photograph by PO1 Shannon D. Barnwell
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Navy decommissions USS Norfolk

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kevin Copeland

Navy photograph by PO1 Shannon D. Barnwell The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment. Norfolk will begin the inactivation process in 2015. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was decommissioned Dec. 11 during a ceremony at Naval Station…

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Raytheon awarded $26 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk launching system

Posted December 12, 2014 by

Raytheon has received a $25.9 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk missile Composite Capsule Launching Systems. Production and delivery of the systems will support submarine-launched Tomahawk Cruise missiles. “Submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles have been employed in more than 2,000 combat missions worldwide,” said Roy Donelson, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. “Raytheon and the U.S….

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XCOR presents new platforms for suborbital science at AGU

Posted December 12, 2014 by

MOJAVE, Calif. -†XCOR AerospaceÆ presents new instruments for solar observation and atmospheric phenomena measurement, alongside its full scale Lynx spacecraft, Dec. 15ñ19 at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Both instruments ñ the Southwest Research Institute’s Solar Instrument Pointing Platform and KickSat’s sprite, will demonstrate future platforms for commercial suborbital science. “We’re…

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Navy photograph by PO3 Edward Guttierrez III
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Navy tests news unmanned underwater vehicle at JEBLC-FS

Posted December 12, 2014 by PO3 Edward Guttierrez III

Navy photograph by PO3 Edward Guttierrez III The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval…

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