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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Defense

U.S. remains committed to F-35 program

Posted  March 29, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta March 27 reaffirmed the Defense Department’s commitment to the F-35 joint strike fighter program and to ensuring it remains within the defense strategy’s budget. The secretary spoke at a news conference following a meeting with Mexican and Canadian defense leaders in Ottawa, Canada. “As part of the defense strategy that…

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Boeing to build 8th C-17 Globemaster III for United Kingdom

Posted  March 29, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing announced March 28 that the UK Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement for the acquisition of one C-17 Globemaster III, bringing the Royal Air Force fleet of the world’s most advanced airlifters to a total of eight. Boeing is scheduled to deliver the eighth C-17 later this year. “The…

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Space

To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s journey to the Smithsonian

Posted  March 29, 2012

The Disney space ranger Buzz Lightyear action figure that flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 space shuttle mission in 2009 will soon be enshrined at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center puts MRAP through its paces

Posted  March 29, 2012

During the worst years of the Iraqi insurgency, the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle was developed to protect American soldiers from the destructive power of roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. U.S. Army…

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Tech

NASA flight tests New ADS-B device on Ikhana UAS

Posted  March 29, 2012

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., flew its Ikhana MQ-9 unmanned aircraft with an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, device, for the first time March 15. It was the first time an unmanned aircraft as large as Ikhana ““ with a 66-foot wingspan, a takeoff…

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Senior leaders discuss future of Air Force Reserve

Posted  March 29, 2012

Senior leaders from Air Force Reserve Command assembled in National Harbor, Md., March 26-27 during the 2012 Senior Leader Conference to discuss the future of the command. The theme of this year’s conference was “Full Operational Capability: Full Spectrum Combat Capability with Unparalleled…

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Business

Raytheon’s new-production Patriot launches PAC-3 Missile in successful flight test

Posted  March 30, 2012

Raytheon’s modernized Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully fired two PAC-3 missiles to engage a tactical ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This is the first time PAC-3 missiles have been fired from a new-production Patriot system. “The demonstrated flawless performance of the modernized Patriot system means our customers can deliver the…

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STEM program fosters interest in science, technology, engineering, and math

Posted  March 30, 2012

AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman’s Azusa campus recently hosted the Lego® STEM Project competition, to introduce students to the practical application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The competition involved more…

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KC-46 program may experience delays

Posted  March 30, 2012

Only one year into its development, the Air Force’s KC-46 program may experience delays and technical challenges as they try to incorporate three advanced military technologies into the commercial Boeing 767 airliner, which is the basis for the new KC-46 refueling air tanker. The Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, recently stated in…

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Antelope Valley man just as busy in retirement as he was during active duty

Posted  March 30, 2012

After spending more than 30 years of living on the edge while test flying America’s multi-million dollar military fighter jets and expending the flight envelope of each airplane he tested, Lancaster, Calif., resident John Fergione, now retired, says…

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