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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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NASA’s TechEdSat launches from International Space Station

Posted  October 5, 2012

NASA engineers, student interns and amateur radio enthusiasts around the world are listening for signals from a small, cube-shaped satellite launched into orbit from the International Space Station Thursday. The satellite, dubbed “TechEdSat,” was released at 11:44 a.m., EDT, Oct. 4 from the new Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer aboard the space station. TechEdSat measures…

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Northrop Grumman’s electronic support measures system for the P-8A Poseidon receives official nomenclature

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Northrop Grumman Electronic Support Measures system for the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft has officially been designated the AN/ALQ-240(V)1. Assigning nomenclature is an important discriminator that indicates the system is unique from existing systems in the U.S. inventory. “The awarding of the official nomenclature to our ESM system for the P-8A is significant for…

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Boeing high energy laser mobile demonstrator advances to high-power testing

Posted  October 5, 2012

Under a follow-on contractual effort from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Boeing will continue developing a truck-mounted directed energy system that improves war fighters’ ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats. Under the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) Phase II High-Power Testing follow-on contract, Boeing will incorporate…

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Boeing delivers first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner

Posted  October 9, 2012

Boeing marked an historic milestone Oct. 5 with delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner built at its North Charleston, S.C., facility to Air India.

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F-15 test force celebrates 10 years of Eagle improvements

Posted  October 9, 2012

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Steve Coleman, F-15E crew chief, completes last minute checks underneath the plane prior to it taxiing out from Eglin Air Force Baseís flightline, Jan. 18. The Strike Eagle flew the first ever sortie with the new APG-82 radar. The new radar replaces the 24-year-old APG-70 radar system. On…

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Officials confirm retroactive stop loss special pay deadline

Posted  October 9, 2012

Pentagon officials have confirmed the Oct. 21 deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has not been extended by the recently enacted Continuing Resolution. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under stop loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP, which…

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NASA’s Swift satellite discovers new black hole in our galaxy

Posted  October 9, 2012

NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and this is the…

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Engineering, Science Hall of Fame accepting nominations

Posted  October 9, 2012

The Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, an international non-profit organization honoring persons who have made outstanding contributions to engineering and science which have improved the quality of life for humankind, is currently accepting nominations for an exceptional individual or individuals whose career accomplishments satisfy the mission of the ESHoF. For full consideration by the…

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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

Posted  October 9, 2012

Northrop Grumman, DARPA and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving the DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft. The flights, which used two NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft – one configured as a tanker and the other…

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Boeing team reaches key milestones in FAB-T program

Posted  October 9, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The Boeing Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals team recently completed a combined preliminary design review and critical design review with the U.S. Air Force, representing significant milestones for the program. The reviews occurred at the same time the company began internal software deliveries that will enable new capability requirements that…

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