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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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New contracting agency stand up increases AF flexibility

Posted  November 15, 2013

The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency officially stood up during a transition ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 13. Following manpower cuts last year, Air Force leaders designed AFICA, a field operating agency that reports directly to the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, to ensure bases around the world receive the installation contracting…

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Evolving NIEs help shape Army’s future network

Posted  November 15, 2013

U.S. forces in Afghanistan, equipped with the Army's first network capability set, are using it to stay connected as they carry out their advise-and-assist missions in austere conditions.

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Lockheed Martin conducts second successful LRASM flight test

Posted  November 15, 2013

Lockheed Martins Long Range Anti-Ship Missile recently achieved another successful flight test, with the missile scoring a direct hit on a moving maritime target. The test was conducted in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Office of Naval Research program. Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., a U.S. Air…

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CSAF: Air Force must modernize despite budget woes

Posted  November 15, 2013

Budget concerns affect every aspect of the Air Force, but the service must continue to modernize, the service’s chief of staff told the Defense Writers Group here Nov. 12. In forming the defense strategy, the service chiefs have to take resources into consideration, Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. “To some extent, numbers…

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Test, evaluation squadron receives first Guardian Angel Air-Droppable Rescue Vehicles

Posted  November 15, 2013

The 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received the first set of Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles in the Air Force's inventory Nov. 12.

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General Dynamics receives $22 Million U.S. Navy award for common missile compartment development

Posted  November 15, 2013

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $22.5 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Electric Boat will procure and test equipment to be…

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NASA issues 2014 call for advanced technology concepts

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives. Through the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform aerospace endeavors. These include visionary aerospace architecture, system or…

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NASA awards ground systems development, operations support contract

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA has selected Millennium Engineering and Integration Company of Satellite Beach, Fla., to provide support to the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes a base period, four option periods and an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity component. The contract will begin in February 2014, following a 30-day…

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Boeing delivers second P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India

Posted  November 15, 2013

Boeing delivered the second P-8I aircraft to India Nov. 15, doubling that countryís long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Boeing is building eight P-8I aircraft for India and delivered the first in-country in May. Based on the companyís Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, the P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that…

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Hubble reveals first pictures of Milky Way’s formative years

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the first visual evidence of how our home galaxy, the Milky Way, assembled itself into the majestic pinwheel of stars we see today. Astronomers used Hubble’s deep-sky surveys to study the evolution of 400 galaxies similar to the Milky Way and noted their appearance at various stages of development…

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