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Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry.

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Budget cuts, growing threats affect space operations

Air Force photograph The Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or AEHF, system is a joint service satellite communications system that provides survivable, global, secure, protected and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. Advanced EHF allows the National Security Council and unified combatant commanders to control tactical and strategic forces at all levels…

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First two Australian F-35s roll out of factory

A ceremony was held July 24 at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating the official roll out of the first two F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.


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JLTV testing begins, program on schedule, budget

Posted  September 6, 2013

Full-pace, full-scope testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes began Sept. 3 and will last for 14 months.

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Lockheed Martin-built A2100 satellites: More than 400 cumulative years in orbit, and counting

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has achieved a major milestone by achieving over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. “The versatile and configurable A2100 common platform offers both our commercial and government customers reduced cost and risk while ensuring mission success, high reliability and outstanding sustained performance,” said Linda Reiners, president of…

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A Multiview of the Intelligence World

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has been involved with various aspects of computer security ever since the idea of computer networking was being discussed. Recently, AFOSR funding was critical to the successful development of a groundbreaking effort, called MultiView, which is a component of the SecureView platform that allows an intelligence analyst the…

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Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

Posted  September 6, 2013

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite…

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Business

Delta announces order for 40 Airbus aircraft

Posted  September 6, 2013

Delta Air Lines announced plans Sept. 4 to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity. “This Airbus agreement is another opportunistic…

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B-2 undergoes comm upgrade

Posted  September 6, 2013

After a 20-year wait, the B-2 Spirit will receive a significant new communications upgrade.

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500th electronic tester delivered, Robins plays key part

Posted  September 6, 2013

Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plays a vital role in managing and sustaining electronic warfare capabilities onboard weapon systems platforms across the Department of Defense. That includes management and software maintenance for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester, which recently celebrated the delivery of its 500th unit. JSECST troubleshoots and tests electronic warfare systems…

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Virgin Galactic flexes SpaceShipTwo’s unique feather mechanism in second supersonic flight

Posted  September 6, 2013

Sept. 5, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's aabar Investments PJS, successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo.

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UTC names new Pratt & Whitney president: Paul Adams to succeed David Hess

Posted  September 6, 2013

United Technologies Corp. announced Sept. 3 that Paul R. Adams, currently chief operating officer of Pratt & Whitney, will succeed David P. Hess as president of Pratt & Whitney on Jan. 1, 2014, when Hess retires. Adams will report to UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems President & Chief Executive Officer Alain M. Bellemare. “I am…

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