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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.

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Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing broke ground July 29 on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees.

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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…


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45th Space Wing launches ORBCOMM satellites

Posted  July 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Alan Walters The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies’ successfully launches a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six second-generation ORBCOMM communications satellites July 14, 2014, from Space Launch Complex 40, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported Space Exploration Technologiesí…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for PAC-3 missile support

Posted  July 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a contract award recently totaling $212 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Maintenance & Surveillance services to U.S. and international PAC-3 customers from the Missile Support Center.

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Boeing introduces new method for building 777 fuselages

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing announced July 14 that it is in the final phases of testing and production readiness of a new method for building 777 fuselages as part of its ongoing technology investment strategy. Known as the Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, this Advanced Manufacturing technology improves workplace safety and increases product quality. This technology has…

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ATK, Alenia Aermacchi complete testing on Italian Air Force C-27J

Posted  July 18, 2014

ATK announced July 16 that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force. The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm…

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Boeing, Qatar Airways finalize order for 50 777Xs

Posted  July 18, 2014

  Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at current list prices. The 777X order, first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.  In addition, the airline announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X…

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SSL selected to study asteroid retrieval for NASA

Posted  July 18, 2014

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced July 18 that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, which is expected to be a key part of the agency’s path to sending humans to Mars. SSL will conduct two studies;…

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Airbus beats Boeing at Farnborough in orders race

Posted  July 18, 2014

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments. The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is its second in a row in the unofficial air show competition after last year’s triumph in Paris – the French capital and Farnborough, a…

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Raytheon demos successful prototyping of AESA/GaN technologies into Patriot radar

Posted  July 18, 2014

Raytheon has demonstrated their successful prototyping of Active Electronically Scanned Array and Gallium Nitride technologies into the US Patriot Air and Missile Defense System radar. In addition to enabling future 360 sensor coverage, these technologies will significantly increase the defended area and decrease the time to detect, discriminate and engage threats. The introduction of GaN-based…

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Acting VA secretary outlines problems, actions taken

Posted  July 18, 2014

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics. “The trust that is the foundation of all we do – the trust of…

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Navy says farewell to the C-9 Skytrain II aircraft

Posted  July 18, 2014

Ending its 41-year commitment to a workhorse aircraft, the U.S. Navy retired the last C-9B Skytrain II June 28 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group based in Tucson, Ariz. As of January, the Navy had four C-9B aircraft remaining in its inventory ó one was retired in February and two were…

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