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New Space Innovation Center to help government agencies ‘launch’ future space missions

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The EDGE® Innovation Network announced March 22 that the new EDGE Space Innovation Center is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Housed within the General Dynamics’ Seabrook, Md., facility, the 13th and newest EDGE Innovation Center is less than two miles from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. General Dynamics C4 Systems…

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First international student pilot flies F-35

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19.

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NASA awards contract modification for support At Michoud Assembly Facility

Posted March 22, 2013 by

NASA has signed a one-year contract option with Jacobs Technology, Inc., of New Orleans to continue manufacturing support and facilities operations at the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The one-year contract option begins on May 1. The contract is a performance-based, cost-plus-award-fee, mission services contract with an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity portion. With the exercise…

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Quantico shooting incident leaves three Marines dead

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Three active-duty Marines are dead after a shooting incident that began late last night (March 21) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. One of the dead was the shooter, who died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. The names of the dead are being withheld, pending notification of their families. The base provost…

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B-52 gets new sniper pod

Posted March 22, 2013 by SSgt. Jason McCasland

The 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., made its first live run with a new addition to the aging bomber.

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Colombian Army takes delivery of five S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The Colombian Army has formally inducted five new Sikorsky S-70i multi-mission helicopters into its fleet of Black Hawk aircraft. Colombia is the first South American country to buy the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter variant from Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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Silicon Valley Space Center to develop suborbital payloads

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The Silicon Valley Space Center will develop four scientific payloads to fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is currently under construction in Mojave, California. The payloads will fly on missions sponsored by the United States Rocket Academy’s Citizens in Space program. The payloads are part of a cooperative agreement between the Silicon Valley Space…

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DOD delays sending furlough notices to civilian employees

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will affect the Defense Department. Officials now estimate that furlough notices will go out on or about April 5, said Navy…

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Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing

Posted March 22, 2013 by Capt. Staci Reidinger

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013.

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Lion Air orders 234 A320 Family aircraft

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Indonesia’s Lion Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The deal sees the carrier become a new customer for Airbus. The order was finalized March 18 at a special ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris in the presence of President…

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