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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Lockheed Martin receives $66 million THAAD follow-on development contract

Posted  March 27, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $66 million follow-on contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of the highly successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon System. The Advanced Capability Development contract is a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity award. The initial task order provides three years of engineering technical services including: flight test planning,…

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Navy League announces Sea-Air-Space Expo

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Navy League of the United States is hosting the 47th Annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition April 16-18, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The Sea-Air-Space Exposition is the country’s largest educational and professional maritime exposition and brings…

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AAR earns Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards

Posted  March 27, 2012

AAR has earned Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards at two AAR operating units. AAR is distinguished by receiving awards at more than one facility supporting Boeing. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. AAR maintained Gold composite performance ratings for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct….

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NASA extends cooperative agreement with NSBRI

Posted  March 27, 2012

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded a five-year, $120 million extension of its cooperative agreement with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, of Houston, Texas. Under the extension, the institute and NASA’s Human Research Program will continue biomedical research in support of a long-term human presence in space. The period of performance for…

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VA secretary opens Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Posted  March 27, 2012

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 26th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., March 25, challenging more than 400 participants to draw on the qualities they demonstrated in uniform to live life to its fullest. “The physical effort, sheer…

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NASA awards atmospheric sciences support contract

Posted  March 27, 2012

NASA has awarded a contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Lanham, Md., to provide atmospheric-sciences support services. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $103 million. The period of performance, including the phase-in period, is from April 1, 2012, through April 30, 2017. This is a…

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First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted  March 27, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals indicate that Intelsat 22 is healthy and ready to begin orbit raising…

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Cyberspace is an Air Force priority

Posted  March 27, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley highlighted cyberspace as an important Air Force priority and joint force enabler during remarks to airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members March 23 at the Air Force Association’s 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Md. “Access to reliable…

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Reports send mixed message on veterans employment

Posted  March 27, 2012

The unemployment rate for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has dipped recently after months of riding higher than the national average, but some analysts caution it’s too early to tell if the progress is real or a blip. The monthly snapshot provided by the federal government’s February jobs report showed that the unemployment rate…

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ICAP Ocean Tomo auctions NASA software patent portfolios March 29

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Innovative Partnership Program Office of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will hold a March 29 auction with ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC of Chicago to sell three NASA-developed technology lots totaling 12 patents. The patent portfolios include technologies applicable to the software-development industry, robotics, artificial intelligence, industrial process control and wireless sensor…

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