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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…


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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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Raytheon awarded $115.5 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $115.5 million contract to remanufacture, overhaul and provide upgrades to Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems. The CIWS is an integral element of the Navy’s Fleet Defense In-Depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program. Work under the contract, which was signed during the second quarter 2014, is expected to be completed…

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Army develops first-of-its kind phase-coherent fiber laser array system

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Computational and Information Science Directorate's Intelligent Optics Team, and partners, recently developed, engineered, demonstrated and delivered the world's first known working Adaptive Phase Coherent Fiber Laser Array system

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NASA announces two upcoming undersea missions

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities. These studies provide information that correlates directly to life aboard the space station, where crew members must…

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U. Missile Defense Agency, Northrop Grumman conduct wargame to improve understanding of ballistic missile defense complexity

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed multiple sessions of a missile defense wargame for the second annual Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum recently concluded at Fort Belvoir. Wargames are often used to demonstrate future ballistic missile defense system capabilities to the warfighting communities, allowing them to develop concepts of operations…

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Headlines June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

News: U.S. sending advisers, military gear to Ukraine – A small team of American military advisers will soon head to Ukraine to assess that embattled nation’s “mid- and long-term needs for defense reform,” a Pentagon official said June 5.  Pilot unharmed in Super Hornet crash off California coast – An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the water…

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Remembering D-Day

Posted  June 6, 2014

D-Day: June 6, 1944, as it happened Rolling timeline of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, updated hour by hour as events unfolded on the day. President Obama praises the men who breached ‘Hitler’s wall’ and freed Europe President Barack Obama led an emotional tribute to the thousands of troops who gave their lives…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft ready to feel heat

Posted  June 6, 2014

NASA photograph by Daniel Casper Engineers completed installing the heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft ahead of its first trip to space in December. The flight test will send an uncrewed Orion 3,600 miles into space before returning it to Earth for the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The heat shield will help protect the…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 150th center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II

Posted  June 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman has marked another significant production milestone for the F-35 Lightning II program by delivering its 150 th center fuselage to F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The center fuselage is the core structure around which the aircraft is built.

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News Briefs June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Jet crashes into California homes but no injuries A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety the afternoon of June 5, the Harrier jet went down in a…

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