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Boeing updates timing of C-17 production line closure

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -Boeing April 7 adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter. Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015,…

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Global Hawk expands satellite communications capability

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April 3, 2014 – The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system has completed a series of ground and air demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., expanding the adaptability of the Global Hawk system to use an additional Satellite Communications link to improve the transfer of mission data. At the request of…

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Fleet complete!

Posted April 4, 2014 by Andrew McMurtrie

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 18th C-5M Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 2 from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0040 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Delaware, making Dover the first…

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Telair delivers 400th lower deck cargo system for Airbus A330 Series

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Telair International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based aerospace and defense contractor AAR, announced April 2 delivery of the 400th advanced lower deck cargo system to the Airbus fuselage production line in Hamburg. Telair has been a supplier of individual components involved with cargo loading systems for the Airbus aircraft since the 1970’s and will become the…

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Northrop Grumman flies first production smart node pod

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Northrop Grumman has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force. Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of…

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Marand delivers first Australian-made vertical tails For F-35 Lightning II

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Lockheed Martin photograph The Honorable Dr. Denis Napthine, premier of Victoria, sitting in the F-35 full-scale mock, was among the 250 distinguished guests and employees attending a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, commemorating the delivery of the first ship of Australian-made F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter vertical tails.í A ceremony was held March 31 at…

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne achieve expanded operational range for green propellant infusion mission

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne exceeded the technical range objective for the main thruster that will fly aboard the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. This mission will demonstrate in a space environment, a “green” propellant known as AF-M315E, to replace the highly toxic hydrazine and complex bi-propellant systems in-use today. “This is an…

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Raytheon announces new state-of-the-art office complex in North Texas

Posted March 28, 2014 by

Raytheon announced plans March 26 to move its Garland, Texas, operations to a new state-of-the-art office complex to be built at the CityLine development in Richardson, Texas. Raytheon will occupy 489,000 square feet in three buildings located near the intersection of President George Bush Turnpike and North Central Expressway (US 75), and will begin the…

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Finalists announced for Orionís exploration design challenge

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Evaluators from Lockheed Martin, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected five teams from high schools in California, Illinois, Kansas, Utah and Virginia as finalists in the Exploration Design Challenge. The winning team will be announced in April at the United States Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., and will have their…

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Union alleges Spirit used health info in layoffs

Posted March 28, 2014 by Roxana Hegeman

The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company March 26 of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace made the allegations in discrimination complaints that 10…

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