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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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Orbital beings production of 81 satellites

Posted  March 28, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, announced March 27 that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridiumís prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases…

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NASA marks major program milestone for spaceport of future

Posted  March 28, 2014

NASA achieved a major milestone this month in its effort to transform the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida into a multi-user spaceport by successfully completing the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program. The major program milestone on March 20, called the Preliminary Design Review, provided an…

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Union alleges Spirit used health info in layoffs

Posted  March 28, 2014

The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company March 26 of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace made the allegations in discrimination complaints that 10…

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Air Force leaders announce accountability actions, way forward for ICBM force

Posted  March 28, 2014

In a press briefing at the Pentagon March 27, Air Force officials announced the findings from the Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., test compromise investigations, to include accountability actions and a way forward for the ICBM force. In January, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Global Strike Command commander Lt….

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Initial phase of Joint STARS effort begins

Posted  March 28, 2014

Air National Guard photograph by MSgt. Roger Parson An E-8C Joint STARS returns after completing a mission to perform an initial test of the Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP-C) system, Feb. 5, 2014, at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The JREAP-C technology will allow JSTARS operators to receive and transmit data beyond line of…

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Republic Of Korea Air Force accepts first C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  March 28, 2014

The Republic of Korea ushered in a new era in air mobility today with the delivery of the country’s first two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. With the March 27 delivery, South Korea became the 14th country to fly the proven C-130J.

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NASA’s Hubble space telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets

Posted  March 28, 2014

NASA released an image March 27 of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars – less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance…

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DARPAs role to change whats possible, director says

Posted  March 28, 2014

As part of the Defense Department’s science and technology community, the role of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to change what’s possible, the DARPA director said March 26. DARPA makes pivotal early investments that allow the department to “take big steps forward in our national security capabilities, Arati Prabhakar told members of the…

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Headlines March 24, 2014

Posted  March 26, 2014

News: Two killed in shooting at Naval base - A base spokeswoman says two people were killed in a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk.  GAO questions affordability of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - In the latest downbeat assessment of the Pentagon’s 13-year struggle to build the Joint Strike Fighter, Congress’s watchdog March 24 warned that the high-tech…

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News Briefs March 26, 2014

Posted  March 26, 2014

U.S. military: Budget cuts hurt readiness in Asia Top U.S. military officers in the Asia-Pacific region say budget cuts could hurt the ability of American forces to respond to a security crisis, including on the Korean peninsula. Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear says U.S. allies are starting to question U.S. ìstaying powerî as a guarantor…

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