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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.

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9th-generation GPS satellite blasts off from ‘The Cape’

The 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-9 navigation satellite for the GPS March 25, 2015, from Launch Complex 37 here.

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NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought.


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XCOR Aerospace announces Brian Binnie as newest test pilot

Posted  April 7, 2014

XCOR Aerospace announced April 3 that celebrated aviator, test pilot, engineer and commercial astronaut Brian Binnie has joined the company as Senior Test Pilot.

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Orion avionics system ready for first test flight

Posted  April 7, 2014

After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are ready to support a successful flight and re-entry of the spacecraft.

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Boeing updates timing of C-17 production line closure

Posted  April 7, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. -Boeing April 7 adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter. Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015,…

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Headlines April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

News: House Republicans considering military path to green card – House Republicans are considering a plan that would allow young people who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children to join the military and then become legal, permanent residents. Chairman: U.S. needs Russian choppers – The top lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee said…

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News Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Missing Korean War veteran’s remains return to Kentucky Army Cpl. William F. Day was reported missing in North Korea on Dec. 2, 1950. Nearly 64 years later, his remains have been brought home to Kentucky. The Paducah Sun reports Day’s daughter, Gloria Shonrock, was only four years old when her father went missing. She began…

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Air Force leaders lay out budget priorities, concerns

Posted  April 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testify on the Air Force posture for fiscal year 2015 before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense, April 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Also testifying were, from the left,…

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Global Hawk expands satellite communications capability

Posted  April 4, 2014

April 3, 2014 – The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system has completed a series of ground and air demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., expanding the adaptability of the Global Hawk system to use an additional Satellite Communications link to improve the transfer of mission data. At the request of…

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Modernization strategy Soldier-focused in lean years

Posted  April 4, 2014

Research, development and acquisition investments have declined 37 percent since the fiscal year 2012 budget planning cycle, said the G-8.

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Fleet complete!

Posted  April 4, 2014

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 18th C-5M Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 2 from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0040 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Delaware, making Dover the first…

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Air Force leaders insist new tanker is key to airpower

Posted  April 4, 2014

The top three acquisition priorities for the Air Force are the KC-46A aerial tanker, the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and the Long Range Strike Bomber, officials told members of Congress during a hearing of House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on seapower and projections forces, April 2. “On any given day, the Air Force’s mobility aircraft…

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