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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Conventional, special forces team up during ‘Joint Forcible Entry’ exercise

Posted  August 10, 2015

Rounds from an M1A1 main battle tank followed by rockets from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System illuminated the desert here, kicking off a "Joint Forcible Entry," or JFE, exercise.

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Japan’s F-2 marks 8th platform to fly with Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

Posted  August 10, 2015

Lockheed Martin received a direct commercial sale contract through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to integrate the SniperÆ Advanced Targeting Pod †onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Forceís F-2 aircraft. This initial contract, awarded in 2014, includes a Sniper pod, spares and support equipment for integration. The F-2 is the eighth aircraft platform to be equipped with Sniper…

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Space

NASA opens new CubeSat opportunities for low-cost space exploration

Posted  August 10, 2015

Space enthusiasts have an opportunity to contribute to NASAís exploration goals through the next round of the agencyís CubeSat Launch Initiative. Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 24. The CubeSat Launch Initiative provides access to space for CubeSats developed by NASA centers, accredited educational institutions and non-profit organizations, giving CubeSat…

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Report: $14 million drone piloted from Ellsworth crashed overseas

Posted  August 10, 2015

A drone worth more than $14 million that was being remotely piloted from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., was intentionally crashed last year somewhere over the Middle East following a mechanical failure, according to a report from the U.S. Air Force. The report from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board was released July 30. It says…

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Los Angeles Navy Days concludes

Posted  August 10, 2015

The 18th annual Navy Days Los Angeles concluded Aug. 10 when visiting U.S. Navy ships, the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71), the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and nearly 1,000 Sailors departed from the Port of Los Angeles. The six day fleet week, allowed visitors…

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AIAA space, astronautics forum coming to Pasadena

Posted  August 10, 2015

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will hold its annual Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition Aug. 31-Sept. 2, at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, Calif. AIAA SPACE 2015 is an international forum that will bring together leaders from government, industry and academia to discuss mission-critical topics that are timely and relevant to the…

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Headlines August 7, 2015

Posted  August 7, 2015

News: NASA signing $490 million contract with Russia – NASA informed lawmakers Aug. 5 that because Congress has failed to fully fund its Commercial Crew Program for the last five years, it is signing a $490 million contract extension with Russia to send Americans to space.   Business: Italian KC-767 tanker completes its first F-35 refueling –…

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News Briefs August 7, 2015

Posted  August 7, 2015

Pakistan army helicopter crashes in northwest; eight killed Pakistani police say a military helicopter has crashed in a mountainous region in northwest Pakistan, killing at least eight people on board. Police official Fida Khan says the helicopter was on the way to the northern town of Gilgit when it went down Aug. 6 near the…

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Selva confirmed as vice chairman of Joint Chiefs

Posted  August 7, 2015

WASHINGTON–The Senate last week confirmed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The nationís second-highest-ranking military officer is a pilot and most recently was commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Also last week, the Senate confirmed Marine Corps Gen….

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Lightning AMU performs JSF upgrades despite full flying schedule

Posted  August 7, 2015

Maintainers assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit paired with a contractor field team from Lockheed Martin starting in early May and completed the first on-site block 1B aircraft to 2B upgrade of the U. S. Air Force configured F-35A Lightning II here in early July.

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