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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Army’s Ultra Light Vehicle now in survivability testing

Posted  December 2, 2013

Two of the three vehicles in the Army’s “Ultra Light Vehicle” program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability. The third vehicle remains at the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC, for testing there. The TARDEC began development of…

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Apache ‘Guardian’ wins praise from pilots

Posted  December 2, 2013

The newest model of the Apache helicopter, the AH-64E Apache Guardian, was delivered to Soldiers in January. Since that time, pilots of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, have had nothing but praise for it, said Lt. Col. John P. “Pat” Davis, the battalion commander, who said the pilots flew the helicopter during a period…

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First P-8A Poseidons report for duty

Posted  December 2, 2013

The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

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U.S. Navy deploys Standard Missile-6 for first time

Posted  December 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy is deploying Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the initial operational capability milestone for the U.S. Navy’s newest, most advanced extended range area defense weapon. “We’re very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule,” said Capt. Mike Ladner, Surface Ship Weapons major program manager. “The SM-6, with its ability…

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted  December 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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World’s largest military aviation museum ready to build new addition

Posted  December 2, 2013

The world's largest military aviation museum is about to get bigger.

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U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-2 satellite, ground stations after Lockheed Martinís successful testing

Posted  December 2, 2013

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches with MUOS-2 satellite July 19, 2013. Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile User Objective System satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S. Navy. †The handover also includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay voice and high-speed data…

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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

Posted  December 2, 2013

NASA is debuting a new engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Groups press EPA on Kirtland fuel spill cleanup Two New Mexico citizen groups are repeating demands for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an independent review of the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater contamination. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Citizen Action and the environmental group Amigos Bravos sent a letter last week…

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Headlines November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

News: Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops, drones in Afghanistan - The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. NASA under fire for bonus payments to contractors - The internal watchdog for NASA…

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