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Firms compete to expand Air Force museum in Ohio

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A new $46 million aircraft and space gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now scheduled to open in late 2015, with five companies competing to build it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will select the winning bid for construction of the 224,000-square-foot building for the museum at Wright-Patterson Air…

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Navy celebrates 100th AARGM delivery

Posted August 9, 2013 by Navy photograph

  Rear Adm. Mat Winter speaks at the 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile delivery event Aug. 5 at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif. Less than a year ago, the Navy awarded a Full Rate Production contract to ATK for the production of the missiles for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air…

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X-47B returns to Pax River concluding historic carrier demonstration phase

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The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator safely returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Aug. 8 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia after recently completing a number of historic firsts for carrier-based unmanned aviation.

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Patent-pending power at the speed of light

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The Navy's submarine force has a new, patent-pending tool allowing it to maintain its fiber optic systems like never before - a new capability powered by an invention from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, its top officer announced Aug. 8.

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Navy moves forward with full-rate production award

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The E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office awarded a $775 million contract to Northrop Grumman) for the full-rate production, Lot 1, of five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft in July.

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NAVAIR teams test GPS anti-jamming device on small UAV

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Navy photograph The Navy’s Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office (PMW/A 170) mounted a Small Antenna System on an Aerostar unmanned aircraft then placed it in a room lined with signal-absorbent material, where it was subjected to GPS jamming signals at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Part of an initiative to protect GPS technologies…

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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed. A draft Defense Department memo obtained Aug. 7 by The Associated Press says…

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Air Force supported researchers build all-optical switch, transistor

Posted August 9, 2013 by Robert P. White, Ph.D.

The control of a single photon – the elementary quantum carrier of light and all forms of electromagnetic radiation – is seen as the Holy Grail of quantum computing. If researchers could effectively make a photon do the work of a switch, or a transistor, it would be a revolutionary achievement with regard to telecommunication…

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Sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite launched

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force’s sixth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft was launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 8:29 p.m., EDT, Aug. 8, the first step in its journey to expand satellite communications services to the warfighter. The satellite will provide additional wideband SATCOM coverage…

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45th Space Wing launches satellite

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The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket carrying the sixth Wideband Global Satcom satellite at 8:29 p.m., Aug. 7 from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th SW provided support to the…

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