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First F-35C lands aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carrier

Posted November 5, 2014 by

Navy photograph An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine training exercises. The Navy made aviation history Nov. 3 as an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft…

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Northrop Grumman employees assemble bikes for military families

Posted November 5, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ What do skilled aircraft workers do during their lunch break? At Northrop Grumman last week, they competed to build 100 bicycles for the families of military personnel serving overseas. Applying some of the techniques the company uses to manufacture major portions of advanced aircraft for the U.S. Navy, five teams of…

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News Briefs November 3, 2014

Posted November 3, 2014 by

Despite spat with Russia Poles honor Soviet troops The diplomatic spat with Russia over Ukraine has not prevented Poles from placing hundreds of candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed in January 1945 while driving Nazi German troops from the city. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day in Poland and people visit family…

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Air Force completes historic fuel conversion

Posted November 3, 2014 by MSgt. Brad West

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Christopher Boitz Col. Linda Hurry grinds off a JP-8 fuel decal on an R11 refueler as part of the Air Force transition to commercial jet fuel Oct. 15, 2014, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The Jet A conversion is a Department of Defense cost saving initiative that will save the…

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Fiscal 20 15 launch schedule kicks off with GPS IIF-8 liftoff

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ULA photograph by John Studwell The U.S. Air Force supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Air Force’s eighth Block IIF navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System at 1:21 p.m. EDT Oct. 29, 2014, from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS is…

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Lockheed Martin to acquire Systems Made Simple

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Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Systems Made Simple, a leading provider of health information technology solutions to the U.S. federal government. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close within 30 days. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material…

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

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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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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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