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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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Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size, sequestration

Posted  October 26, 2012

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22. Ferguson highlighted the importance of innovative S&T programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for the…

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NASA invites 80 social media followers to next Landsat launch

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA will invite 80 of the agency’s social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Feb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., for the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks….

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin initial contract for next set of missile warning satellites

Posted  October 26, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin an $82 million contract to begin initial work on the fifth and sixth geosynchronous satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and associated ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers…

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Pratt and Whitney completes first PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus A320neo family of aircraft

Posted  October 26, 2012

Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of its first engine to test for its PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine – the first engine to power the Airbus A320neo aircraft. Company leadership, Airbus, MTU, JAEC and employees celebrated the program milestone with a Last Bolt Ceremony at Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach facility Oct. 26, where the…

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Remains of two airmen lost in 1969 identified, honored

Posted  October 26, 2012

The remains of two airmen who died when their F-4D Phantom II was shot over Laos in 1969 were returned and honored at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors Oct. 19. Col. Wendell Keller, of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, of Fayetteville, Ark., were killed when their aircraft was hit by…

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DOD official encourages private-sector technology innovation

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Defense Department has stepped up efforts to encourage private-sector innovation and its adaptation into the federal government, a senior Pentagon official said Oct. 24. John R. Mills, DOD chief information officer special assistant for cybersecurity, described the department’s outreach strategy in a panel discussion during a Security Innovation Network workshop. “Our objective is to…

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NASA spacecraft sees huge burp at Saturn after large storm

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet’s upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated, in addition to an indication the storm was more forceful than scientists previously thought. Data from Cassini’s composite infrared spectrometer instrument revealed the…

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TransDigm to acquire Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems

Posted  October 26, 2012

TransDigm Group Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement with United Technologies Corporation to acquire the pump & engine control systems business of Goodrich (Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, for approximately $236 million in cash. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close late in the current…

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Industry partnerships key to mobility strategy, official says

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Defense Department’s partnerships with industry, particularly in the mobile realm, are essential to its future success, the department’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure said Oct. 24. “I think that’s what’s going to make or break us in the future,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler…

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NASA-WPI 2013 robot prize competition registration open

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration and are seeking teams to compete in next year’s robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money. During the 2013 NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot can locate and retrieve geologic…

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