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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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President issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation

Posted  December 6, 2013

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here is the text of the presidentís proclamation: More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American…

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News Briefs December 4, 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

Some Air Force recruits in Texas take abuse survey Recruits at a Texas Air Force base where more than two dozen instructors were convicted of sexual abuse and other wrongdoing have been given a voluntary survey designed to help determine if the problems persist. Recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland began taking the survey in…

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Headlines December 4, 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

News SpaceX launches SES commercial TV satellite for Asia The U.S. SpaceX company has announced its intention to take a big slice of the market for launching the world’s TV and telecoms satellites. The California outfit has just launched a new platform for satellite operator SES to serve its growing customer base in India and…

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Northrop Grumman begins on-time production of first NATO Global Hawk

Posted  December 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Jim Edge, general manager for the NATO AGS Management Agency, addresses employees and guests during a ceremony to commemorate the start of the first NATO AGS aircraft. The first NATO AGS aircraft started production on Dec. 3 at Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point, Miss.,…

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Supernova blast provides clues to determining age of binary star system

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA image Illustration of Circinus X-1, an X-ray binary star system. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 – an X-ray binary – is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. As the name suggests, X-ray binaries are…

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Marine Corps conducts operational assessment of G/ATOR system

Posted  December 4, 2013

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Marine Corps, has successfully conducted developmental testing and supported two Weapons and Tactics Instruction vents at Marine Air Control Squadron Yuma, Ariz., over the past 10 months. These events supported the operational assessment of the G/ATOR system for Milestone C….

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NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores “Images of Change,” a NASA application that allows users to view “before and after” images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The application is available free for iOS…

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U.S. Army awards General Dynamics $28 million for engineering development for Stryker modernization

Posted  December 4, 2013

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command recently awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a $28 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Stryker Engineering Change Proposal upgrade program. The Stryker ECP upgrade program is an engineering-development effort focused on integrating a group of system improvements into…

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Hubble traces subtle signals of water on hazy worlds

Posted  December 4, 2013

Using the powerful eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare…

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DRS Technologies to continue support for Arleigh Burke-class modernization program

Posted  December 4, 2013

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced Dec. 3 that its Laurel Technologies business unit in Johnstown, Penn., has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity five-year contract with a total potential value of up to $22 million for upgrades to the repair station consoles on DDG 51-class ships. RSC systems automate and integrate shipboard damage control…

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