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Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft ready for demonstration flights

Boeing photograph The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. Flights for prospective…

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F135 test demonstrates success of AEDC workshare initiative

"The workshare initiative is an example of how Arnold Engineering Development Complex consistently improves the test experience," said Dan Blaettler, program manager of U.S. Air Force Engine Component Improvement.

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40 years of Red Flag at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald A flight of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons Aggressors fly in formation over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges June 5, 2008. The proposal for Red Flag came in early 1975 as an exercise that would pit student “Blue Forces” against dedicated aggressor piloted…

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96th Test Group brings ‘R2-D2′ to life

Courtesy photograph A Rear Cockpit Pallet is mounted in the back of a T-38 Talon Jan. 13, 2015 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The project to build the RCP began from a need to design a platform that could serve to perform high dynamic testing of new GPS technology inside the 56 year-old T-38…

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ATK completes installation of world’s largest solid rocket motor for ground test

NASA and ATK have completed installing the first Space Launch System booster qualification motor, QM-1, in a specialized test stand in Utah.


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Boeing, Qatar Airways finalize order for four 777 Freighters

Posted  January 7, 2015

Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes, which when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion. Qatar Airways first announced an intent to order the four 777 Freighters at the…

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Hubble goes high-definition to revisit iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’

Posted  January 7, 2015

NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a bigger and sharper photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula’s “Pillars of Creation” (right); the original 1995 Hubble image is shown at left. Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one…

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SecAF shares top three priorities during Columbus AFB visit

Posted  January 7, 2015

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Columbus Air Force Base Dec. 17-18, to meet with Airmen and learn their unique capabilities, key initiatives, attributes and missions.

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NIRCam’s optical system excels in integrated tests For James Webb Telescope

Posted  January 7, 2015

The Near Infrared Camera instrument Lockheed Martin helped develop for NASA’s next deep space telescope surpassed expectations during tests in late 2014.

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted  January 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates for…

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DOD releases updated instruction for acquisitions system

Posted  January 7, 2015

The Defense Department’s top acquisitions official Jan. 7 released a new version of the acquisitions corps’ guiding document: Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System. The updated instruction cancels the interim version that was implemented Nov. 25, 2013, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said in a…

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Boeing, Air New Zealand finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

Posted  January 7, 2015

Boeing and Air New Zealand have finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July. “The entry into service program has gone very smoothly and we’ve been incredibly pleased…

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The end of an era signals new beginnings for security forces

Posted  January 7, 2015

Ninety-five security forces Airmen from around the country attended the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron's last Base Security Operations course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex outside of Las Vegas Dec. 6-20, 2014.

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NASA’s Kepler marks 1,000th exoplanet discovery

Posted  January 7, 2015

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study – the 1,000th of which was recently verified. Using Kepler data, scientists reached…

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Headlines January 5, 2015

Posted  January 5, 2015

News Sierra Nevada’s NASA bid protest fails The U.S. Government Accountability Office Jan. 5 denied an appeal by Sierra Neavada Corp. Space Systems that sought to get its Dream Chaser space plane back in a NASA program.   Business New U.S. stealth jet can’t fire its gun until 2019 America’s $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter,…

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