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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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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted  November 8, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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Blue Angels, air show coming to the Antelope Valley

Posted  November 8, 2013

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Blue Angelsí Pilots Lt. Commander Michael Chen and Lt. Ryan Chamberlain speak at a press conference held at the William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7 to announce the inaugural Los Angeles County Airshow to take place March 19-22 at Fox Field. Chamberlain said he is excited to…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted  November 8, 2013

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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Boeing partners with U.S. Air Force to reduce supply chain costs

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center have entered into an overarching public-private partnership that will streamline supply chain contracting, saving money and speeding up execution by as much as 10 months. The partnership ñ the first of its kind allows the three Air Force logistics complexes that are under the AFSC to immediately…

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Headlines November 4, 2013

Posted  November 6, 2013

News: Hagel calls for smaller force delays picking among weapons - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is outlining his vision of a smaller, better equipped military while anticipating tough choices about some multi-billion dollar weapons systems that declining Pentagon budgets may force President Obama’s administration to make.   Business: KC-46 came within 24 hours of contract…

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News Briefs November 6, 2013

Posted  November 6, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,151 As of Nov. 5, 2013, at least 2,151 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,782 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lab improving combat capability by developing more energy-efficient systems

Posted  November 6, 2013

Technologies are being developed and tested that enable soldiers to focus more on mission and less on logistics and resupply, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

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AFRL engineers conduct rain erosion testing

Posted  November 6, 2013

Materials and coatings created for aerospace systems that travel at high rates of speed are repeatedly exposed to rain droplets could make the systems, materials and coatings susceptible to damage or erosion. Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Systems Support Division conducted testing on mission critical components for a Navy…

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Upgraded Orion delivered in nine months

Posted  November 6, 2013

The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville team delivered a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft in nine months - 94 days early - on Nov. 6.

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Northrop Grumman offers open architecture solutions for enhanced avionics capabilities

Posted  November 6, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman is applying a modular, open architecture approach throughout its product portfolio, allowing for rapid addition of new avionics capabilities for warfighters. As a founding principal member of The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE ™) Consortium, Northrop Grumman was an early advocate of establishing open architecture standards to…

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