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Boeing, Qatar Airways finalize order for 50 777Xs

Posted July 18, 2014 by

  Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at current list prices. The 777X order, first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.  In addition, the airline announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X…

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Raytheon demos successful prototyping of AESA/GaN technologies into Patriot radar

Posted July 18, 2014 by

Raytheon has demonstrated their successful prototyping of Active Electronically Scanned Array and Gallium Nitride technologies into the US Patriot Air and Missile Defense System radar. In addition to enabling future 360 sensor coverage, these technologies will significantly increase the defended area and decrease the time to detect, discriminate and engage threats. The introduction of GaN-based…

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Acting VA secretary outlines problems, actions taken

Posted July 18, 2014 by

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics. “The trust that is the foundation of all we do – the trust of…

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NASA kicks off field campaign to probe ocean ecology, carbon cycle

Posted July 18, 2014 by

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

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Headlines July 16, 2014

Posted July 16, 2014 by

News: F-35 cleared for flight  – A Pentagon official told Defense News that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities. A decision on attending the show has not been made but the official said DOD is “hopeful” it can make the trip.   Business: BAE aims for half of $10 billion…

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GA-ASI successfully executes first flight of Predator XP

Posted July 16, 2014 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced July 14 the successful first flight of Predator® XP, an updated version of the company’s flagship Predator RPA that has been licensed by the U.S. government for sale to a broader customer base, including countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Asia.

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NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter to check out summer sea ice, more

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Sea ice in summer looks dramatically different than sea ice in winter, even in the polar Arctic. Summer snowmelt, pools of water on thinning ice and exposed ocean replace vast winter expanses of white snow-covered ice – and this weekend NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter begins a campaign to investigate these features.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation announces Space Camp® scholarships

Posted July 16, 2014 by

The Northrop Grumman Foundation has announced the sponsorship of scholarships for middle school students and teachers from across the United States and the United Kingdom to attend Space Camp® July 27-Aug. 1 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The selectees include a student and a teacher from Joe Walker Middle School…

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NASA turns over next-gen air traffic management tool to FAA

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A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration during a ceremony July 14 at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

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Boeing, Intrepid Aviation announce first 777-300ER order

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Boeing and Intrepid Aviation July 15 announced the leasing company’s first direct Boeing order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $1.9 billion at current list prices. Intrepid also has the option to purchase an additional four 777s. If all options are exercised, the value of the announcement could reach more than $3.2 billion at…

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