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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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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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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 BaseĆ­s 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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