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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

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Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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Global Vigilance CTF welcomes new director

Posted  June 10, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Col. Cory Naddy (right) accepts the Global Vigilance Combined Test Force guidon from Col. Rod Todaro, 412th Operations Group commander, June 5. The Global Vigilance Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., welcomed a new director June 5. Lt. Col. Cory Naddy is joining the GVCTF…

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Headlines June 8, 2015

Posted  June 8, 2015

News: Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year – The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last yaer from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to…

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News Briefs June 8, 2015

Posted  June 8, 2015

OSHA says violations by companies, Navy led to worker deaths A federal agency says workplace safety violations led to the deaths of two workers at Pearl Harbor last December. Hawaii News Now reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines for two companies for the deaths of two men when a 7-ton…

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U.S. begins flight testing advanced missile defense interceptor

Posted  June 8, 2015

POINT MUGU NAVAL STATION, Calif. –†The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency hsd conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The interceptor’s bigger rocket motors and more capable kill vehicle will engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. “The SM-3 Block IIA program…

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Robots from South Korea, U.S. win DARPA finals

Posted  June 8, 2015

A robot from South Korea took first prize and two American robots took second and third prizes here yesterday in the two-day robotic challenge finals held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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Spirit AeroSystems announces leadership changes to drive ongoing transformation

Posted  June 8, 2015

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. announced June 8 several senior leadership changes, reflecting further advancement in the company’s transformation strategy. Duane Hawkins has been named senior vice president and general manager, Boeing, Business and Regional Jet Programs. He will also continue to oversee Spirit Defense. Hawkins joined Spirit in 2013 as senior vice president of Operations following…

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NASA spacecraft detects impact glass on surface of Mars

Posted  June 8, 2015

Photograph courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/Univ. of Arizona Researchers have found deposits of impact glass (in green) preserved in Martian craters, including Alga Crater, shown here. The detection is based on data from the instrument Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected deposits of glass within…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX achieves pad abort milestone approval

Posted  June 8, 2015

NASA photograph SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean under three main parachutes following a successful test on May 6, 2015 of the spacecraft’s ability to save astronauts in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad. NASA has approved a $30 million milestone payment to SpaceX under the…

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Gaming research laboratory debuts new website

Posted  June 8, 2015

The opportunity to challenge high school students to adapt commercial off-the-shelf gaming technology to help solve Air Force training problems is one reason why Jennifer Winner said she loves working for the Air Force Research Laboratory. Winner, a researcher with AFRL’s Human Effectiveness Directorate, supported the Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory. The GRILL mission…

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Navy awards Lockheed Martin contracts for cost-saving enhanced laser guided training rounds

Posted  June 8, 2015

Lockheed Martin received $24.2 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to produce Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds, a cost-effective alternative to using operational laser-guided bombs during training. ELGTR emulates the flight characteristics of PavewayTM II laser-guided weapon systems and presents pilots with the same information they would see in an actual mission. ELGTR is…

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