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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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News briefs – October 15, 2012

Posted  October 15, 2012

Ohio’s GOP Senate hopeful urges review of U.S. bases   Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel says the U.S. should examine its overseas military installations and consider whether to close bases in Europe and elsewhere. The Republican contender said Oct. 11 there should be a review of foreign bases, similar to the domestic efforts of the…

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Boeing starting production of KC-46 tanker refueling boo

Posted  October 16, 2012

Boeing this week begins assembling the first refueling boom for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft in the KC-46 Boom Assembly Center that opened today at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. “We’re pleased that this facility opened on schedule,” said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager for Boeing. “The KC-46A…

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Boeing, AFRL sodium guide star laser enhancing space situational awareness mission

Posted  October 16, 2012

Air Force photograph by R. Rugate A new, 50-watt sodium laser built by Boeing and the Air Force Research Laboratory began operating recently on a 3.5-meter telescope at Kirtland Air Force Base’s Starfire Optical Range, helping scientists and researchers to capture more accurate and detailed images of objects in Earth orbit. A sodium guide star…

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U.S. continues to send nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

Posted  October 16, 2012

The United States will continue to funnel nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, and urges the international community to unite against Bashar Assad’s regime, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Oct. 15. The State Department is providing $100 million worth of nonlethal aid to those seeking to overthrow Assad. The opposition in Syria rose after…

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Marine Corps Heritage Foundation accepting submissions for annual awards

Posted  October 16, 2012

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual awards program. Each year the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents awards honoring the outstanding, creative work of individuals in preserving and promulgating the Marine Corps’ history, traditions and culture. Marines and civilians alike may submit their own entries or the distinguished work of…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 16, 2012

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter crew chief SSgt. Darron Cothran (left) and a Lockheed Maintainer from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pull the wheel chalks on the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast…

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Space

NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin completes rocket engine thrust chamber test

Posted  October 16, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue’s Reusable Booster System, the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test was part of Blue…

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CalVet, State Library to launch library resource programs for vets

Posted  October 16, 2012

Volunteers needed at Redding, Bakersfield, and San Diego libraries The California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Library are joining forces to help California veterans get connected to the benefits and services they’ve earned through military service. This year long pilot program will create a Veterans Resource Center staffed by trained volunteers in…

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Aerojet achieves two million work hours without a lost-time injury milestone

Posted  October 16, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that its Sacramento, Calif., headquarters has achieved two million work hours without a lost-time injury. Aerojet’s Sacramento site reached the milestone Sept. 26. “To achieve this injury-free milestone takes not only an individual, but team effort, throughout our entire facility,” said Bob Werling, vice president of Sacramento operations….

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Boeing to build 702HP communications satellite for SES

Posted  October 16, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has been selected by SES S.A. to provide a new satellite that will expand direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services to the fast-growing markets of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. SES-9 – ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES…

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