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SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Posted June 18, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander’s retirement and 91 other airmen…

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR, Hellfire II missiles score direct hits during ground-vehicle launch tests

Posted June 18, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin successfully fired Hellfire and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle turreted weapon system during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The LRSAV is a fully integrated, turreted, ground-vehicle weapon system. It uses advanced missile and weapon control-system technologies and a newly developed 15-inch, spherical, mast-mounted electro-optical/infrared…

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News Briefs June 16, 2014

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Drone training on the rise in New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., is devoting more and more time to training pilots in the use of drones. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of students learning how to operate remotely piloted aircraft at the Alamogordo base has multiplied. Holloman officials say more than 700…

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S-97 RAIDERô helicopter powered on for first time

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced June 16 it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new and first light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies…

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Fire Scout conducts flight with new radar

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Navy photograph The MQ-8 Fire Scout prepares to land after its† first flight with a new maritime surface search radar June 16 at Webster Field Annex, Md. This upgrade will increase the situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment.† Fire Scout’s deployment with the new radar is planned for 2015.

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Lockheed Martin to provide gyrocam sensor systems to Canada

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin will provide eight Gyrocam sensor systems to the Canadian Department of National Defense under a foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. The sensor systems, which will be delivered in third quarter 2014, will be installed on Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Canada classified the Gyrocam sensor systems contract…

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NASA Hubble to begin search beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission target

Posted June 16, 2014 by

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015. The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object…

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DOD, Air Force leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said June 12, in a conference call with reporters Frank Kendall and Air…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner earns FAA, EASA certification

Posted June 16, 2014 by

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand. “Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft ready to feel heat

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Daniel Casper Engineers completed installing the heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft ahead of its first trip to space in December. The flight test will send an uncrewed Orion 3,600 miles into space before returning it to Earth for the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The heat shield will help protect the…

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