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AFOSR continues legacy of Nobel Prize-winning research

Posted November 3, 2014 by Molly Lachance

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will add four winners to its illustrious list following the Nobel Foundation’s announcements of the 2014 laureates for Physics and Chemistry on Oct. 7 and 8. AFOSR has contributed basic research funding to 78 Nobel laureates over the past 60 years. On average, these laureates receive AFOSR funding…

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Business

General Dynamics receives $84 million award for Ohio replacement program missile tubes

Posted November 3, 2014 by

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $83.8 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for 17 tactical missile tubes: 12…

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Space

Can private space survive two explosions in four days?

Posted November 3, 2014 by Seth Borenstein

Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It’s what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again to Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise – so…

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Spaceship co-pilot was experienced test pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by Brian Melley

The pilot killed in a test flight of Virgin Galactic’s prototype space tourism rocket was as capable behind the controls of experimental aircraft as he was tackling technical challenges in the offices where the vehicle was designed. He was also known as a devoted husband and father of two young children. Michael Alsbury, 39, was…

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Jet on Navy training mission crashes, kills pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by

PORT HUENEME, Calif. – A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Oct. 29, killing the pilot, authorities said. The plane disintegrated when it hit the ground at about 5:15 p.m. as it was preparing to land at Naval Station Ventura County. The crash sent…

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F-35 engine fix coming

Posted November 3, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office, said by the end of December he expects to have decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in June at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The engine’s…

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Business

Boeing, Danish defense firms identify future collaboration areas Six Danish companies to work with Boeing across defense industry

Posted November 3, 2014 by

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 30, 2014 ñ Boeing and six Danish defense companies signed agreements Oct. 30 to jointly pursue a range of business opportunities in defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration, and other areas. The agreements with Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma are key elements of…

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News Briefs October 15, 2014

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Navy stops search for missing island worker The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have suspended the search for a civilian employee working on the military’s San Clemente Island off Southern California. The Navy said Oct. 14 that U.S. Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, two Coast Guard cutters and Los Angeles County rescue crews combed the…

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Qatar becomes 8th international customer for Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 missile

Posted October 15, 2014 by

The government of Qatar has selected Lockheed Martinís PAC-3 Missile, becoming the newest international customer for the program. The initial contract is for missile and command launch system production. The PAC-3 Missile will provide the Qatar Air Force with proven, reliable performance with unmatched hit-to-kill lethality,î said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at…

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Lockheed Martin pursuing compact nuclear fusion reactor concept

Posted October 15, 2014 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlYClniDFkM&feature=player_embedded PALMDALE, Calif. The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a new compact fusion reactor that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach. While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years…

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