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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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Oman Air Force continues F-16 legacy

Posted  April 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph by Elizabeth L. Kaszynski The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.  In 2002, the Sultanate of Oman became the 23rd member of the…

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Intelsat General, L-3 Communication Systems-West test protected Air Force tactical technology on Ku-band

Posted  April 7, 2014

Intelsat General Corp. and L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) announced the successful demonstration of new U.S. Air Force Protected Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders on the Intelsat fleet. The demonstrations and performance characterization were conducted at the Intelsat teleport in Ellenwood, GA, during the week of March 4th. Engineers conducting the tests measured the…

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Improved coating for howitzer spindles to save money, reduce environmental impact

Posted  April 7, 2014

U.S. Army engineers' efforts to implement an improved coating for howitzer breech spindles will provide several benefits -- easing the logistical burden on Soldiers, reducing hazardous waste and saving millions of dollars.

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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Posted  April 7, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the commander ofAir Force Space Command,…

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XCOR Aerospace announces Brian Binnie as newest test pilot

Posted  April 7, 2014

XCOR Aerospace announced April 3 that celebrated aviator, test pilot, engineer and commercial astronaut Brian Binnie has joined the company as Senior Test Pilot.

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Orion avionics system ready for first test flight

Posted  April 7, 2014

After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are ready to support a successful flight and re-entry of the spacecraft.

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Boeing updates timing of C-17 production line closure

Posted  April 7, 2014

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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Headlines April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

News: House Republicans considering military path to green card - House Republicans are considering a plan that would allow young people who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children to join the military and then become legal, permanent residents. Chairman: U.S. needs Russian choppers - The top lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee said…

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News Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Missing Korean War veteran’s remains return to Kentucky Army Cpl. William F. Day was reported missing in North Korea on Dec. 2, 1950. Nearly 64 years later, his remains have been brought home to Kentucky. The Paducah Sun reports Day’s daughter, Gloria Shonrock, was only four years old when her father went missing. She began…

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Air Force leaders lay out budget priorities, concerns

Posted  April 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testify on the Air Force posture for fiscal year 2015 before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense, April 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Also testifying were, from the left,…

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