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NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

Posted March 7, 2014 by

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of…

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Headlines – March 5, 2014

Posted March 5, 2014 by

News: Pentagon suspends U.S.-Russian military exercises – The United States has suspended all military exercises with Russia in response to the invasion of the eastern region of Crimea as the standoff in Ukraine continues.   Business: U.S. Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal – The U.S. Air Force decided March 4 to start work…

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Business

Boeing Maritime surveillance aircraft demonstrator completes first flight

Posted March 5, 2014 by

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security.

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Business

Northrop Grumman awarded task order for naval training systems

Posted March 5, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to continue development and improvement of combat systems trainers with a task order valued up to $33 million, if all options are exercised. The task order was awarded under the SeaPort-e indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple award contract. Under the direction of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division…

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Events

TPAA robotics team wins ‘rookie all star award’

Posted March 5, 2014 by

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy robotics team was the top first-year team at the regional competition in Grand Terrace last week, and is now headed for next month’s world championships in St. Louis.

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Defense

Air Force presents fiscal 2015 budget request

Posted March 5, 2014 by AFNS

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget request March 4, following similar briefings by the Department of Defense and its sister services. The fiscal 20 15 budget request repositions the force to focus on future challenges and opportunities, while continuing to recover readiness lost during sequestration in fiscal 2013, said Maj. Gen….

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Business

Sikorsky, Turkey sign Black Hawk helicopter licensing, manufacturing agreements

Posted March 5, 2014 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has signed agreements with the Turkish government and key Turkish aerospace contractors that license Turkey’s aerospace industry to manufacture 109 T-70 helicopters (Turkish variants of Sikorsky’s S-70i™ International Black Hawk helicopter) for operation by the Turkish Government, and to assemble 109 S-70i™ helicopters for Sikorsky. The…

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Headlines – March 3, 2014

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News: Rescuers search for fighter jet pilot after crash in Nevada – The U.S. Navy and local authorities were searching March 2 for the pilot of an F/A-18C fighter jet that crashed during a training mission near a Nevada air base, the Navy said.   Business: As Boeing, Airbus factories hum, suppliers get rattled – The world’s…

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Defense

Newest Navy warship commissioned in Philadelphia

Posted March 3, 2014 by Elena Pence

USS Somerset (LPD 25), the Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, commissioned during a formal ceremony at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, March 1.

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Business

Raytheon awarded $655 million contract for Patriot

Posted March 3, 2014 by

Raytheon has received a $655 million contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Kuwait. These units are an addition to the Patriot fire units Kuwait currently owns to counter current and evolving threats. Awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as a…

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