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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 Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

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 president said…

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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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Ball Aerospace demonstrates ultra-lightweight telescope technologies for DARPA’s MOIRE program

Posted  December 9, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has demonstrated unprecedented telescope technologies using ultra-lightweight polymer membrane optics. Ball is incrementally demonstrating technology needed to deploy a large, 20-meter-diameter, lightweight space-based telescope in geosynchronous orbit as part of the Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation program, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Most recently, Ball completed construction…

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Vietnam MIA identified

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec. 9 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, has been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. of New Haven, Conn., will be buried Dec. 13, at…

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Headlines December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

News: Arlington Cemetery wreath laying tradition faces donations shortfall – There may be a shortage of wreaths to lay on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery this year because corporate donors that help cover the cost are spreading their funds to include other veteran’s cemeteries across the nation, the Washington Post reported Dec. 5. Rocket with…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Court looks at protest ban at Calif. military base The Supreme Court seemed likely Decd. 4 to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a place he had been ordered to avoid: the zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at a California air force base. Protester…

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Another Super Galaxy delivered

Posted  December 6, 2013

  Lockheed Martin delivered its 14th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 5. An Air Force crew flew the Super Galaxy to Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where it will undergo internal paint restoration before traveling to its permanent home at Dover Air Force Base,…

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Northrop Grumman recognizes top suppliers

Posted  December 6, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector presented Supplier Excellence Awards to 24 suppliers Dec. 5 as part of its annual Supplier Recognition Program. The Supplier Recognition Program recognizes and incentivizes suppliers to continuously provide outstanding support to the company and the sector. Each company, selected from more than 5,000 Information Systems sector suppliers, was evaluated on…

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New sortie record for Eglin F-35s

Posted  December 6, 2013

A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4. The joint-program reached a new single-day record for F-35 sorties Dec. 4 with 45 training missions between all three models of the aircraft. The Marine B-model completed 32 of the…

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U.S. Government Receives 200th C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  December 6, 2013

An MC-130J Commando II designated for Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. This MC-130J has the distinction of being the 200th C-130J Super Hercules delivered to the U.S. Government, which is the largest Super Hercules operator.

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Heat shield for NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted  December 6, 2013

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 4 aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, was to be unloaded Dec. 5 and is scheduled for installation on…

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3D electronic printing holds promise of various applications for Soldiers

Posted  December 6, 2013

As researchers at Picatinny Arsenal explore the potential of 3-dimensional printing, they envision the potential to embed a radio antenna on the side of a Soldier’s helmet, or print sensors directly onto a weapon or even an article of clothing. Over the past few years, advancements in 3D printing have enabled scientists to print items…

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