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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…

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Upgraded AWACS platform tested at Northern Edge

Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an E-3G Sentry (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300-mile radius, calling out commands, verifying target hits and sending aircraft back home safely.

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5,000 days of war

It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home.

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Navy’s new aircraft launch system tested on future carrier CVN 78

With the successful launch of the first test sled from the starboard bow catapult, Naval Air Systems Command continued to make history June 16 with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System aboard the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).


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NASA announces winners of challenge to design hurricane-tracking unmanned aerial systems

Posted  July 9, 2014

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the unmanned aerial systems currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

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Boeing, Emirates finalize order for 150 777Xs

Posted  July 9, 2014

Boeing and Emirates Airline have finalized an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices. First announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the order by the world’s largest 777 operator was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. The order ñ a combination of 115 777-9Xs…

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Headlines July 7, 2014

Posted  July 7, 2014

News: DOD grounds entire F-35 fleet; Plane might not make U.K. debut – The European debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter is now in question after the Pentagon grounded the entire fleet late Thursday based on the initial findings of an investigation into a fire that broke out on one of the jets…

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News Briefs July 7, 2014

Posted  July 7, 2014

Work for refueling tanker cheering contractors Preparations at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, for the arrival of the new KC-46A air refueling tankers are expected to boost contracting opportunities for businesses. A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the first $197 million in new construction projects. Congress has allotted a total of $219 million…

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Raytheon awarded $163 million AMRAAM contract

Posted  July 7, 2014

Raytheon was awarded a $163,223,113 fixed-price/fixed-price-incentive/cost-plus-incentive contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles Program Support and Sustainment. The PSAS contract provides sustaining engineering, program management, contractor logistics support and accomplishes the diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortage tasks of extending the life of the AMRAAM Central Processing Unit, improving the AMRAAM guidance section within the…

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RPA unit moves to ‘Emerald Coast’

Posted  July 7, 2014

Air Force photograph Airmen prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four times a year and provided weapons, airspace and targets from Hill AFB, Utah, or Eglin AFB, Fla. Steven and…

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F-35 fleet temporarily grounded

Posted  July 7, 2014

A Department of Defense spokesman has announced the temporary grounding of the F-35 fleet based upon a recent runway incident. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, stated that the technical air worthiness authorities of the Department of the Air Force and Department of the Navy have issued a directive to ground the F-35…

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Anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel under construction, at-sea testing expected by 2015

Posted  July 7, 2014

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, has begun construction on ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail…

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NASA’s undergraduate student instrument program launches

Posted  July 7, 2014

College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program. The Undergraduate Student Instrument Program is an educational flight opportunity sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a hands-on Earth or space science flight project experience. The…

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California lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

Posted  July 7, 2014

A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature July 3, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their month-long summer recess. The 15-year tax incentive would benefit one of the two major competitors, a joint bid…

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