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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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General Dynamics receives $22 Million U.S. Navy award for common missile compartment development

Posted  November 15, 2013

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $22.5 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Electric Boat will procure and test equipment to be…

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NASA issues 2014 call for advanced technology concepts

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives. Through the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform aerospace endeavors. These include visionary aerospace architecture, system or…

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NASA awards ground systems development, operations support contract

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA has selected Millennium Engineering and Integration Company of Satellite Beach, Fla., to provide support to the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes a base period, four option periods and an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity component. The contract will begin in February 2014, following a 30-day…

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Boeing delivers second P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India

Posted  November 15, 2013

Boeing delivered the second P-8I aircraft to India Nov. 15, doubling that countryĆ­s long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Boeing is building eight P-8I aircraft for India and delivered the first in-country in May. Based on the companyĆ­s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, the P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that…

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Hubble reveals first pictures of Milky Way’s formative years

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the first visual evidence of how our home galaxy, the Milky Way, assembled itself into the majestic pinwheel of stars we see today. Astronomers used Hubble’s deep-sky surveys to study the evolution of 400 galaxies similar to the Milky Way and noted their appearance at various stages of development…

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Lockheed Martin to consolidate facilities, reduce costs

Posted  November 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 14 that it will close and consolidate several of its U.S. facilities and reduce its workforce by 4,000 positions as part of its effort to increase the efficiency of its operations and improve the affordability of its products and services. These actions are in response to continued declines in U.S. government…

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NASA seeks American small business proposals for high tech R&D

Posted  November 15, 2013

To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The SBIR and STTR Programs provide small businesses and nonprofit research institutions with opportunities to address specific technology gaps in NASA…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

Posted  November 15, 2013

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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Boeing machinists reject contract proposal

Posted  November 15, 2013

Boeing machinists in the Northwest rejected a contentious contract proposal Wednesday that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs. The International Association of Machinists District 751 announced Nov. 13 that the proposal was rejected by 67 percent of the votes. Some union members had called for a no vote, protesting Boeing’s push to…

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates electronic attack capability on Group III unmanned aircraft

Posted  November 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman has integrated and employed an internal miniature electronic attack payload on the Bat unmanned aircraft, marking the first time that such a system was used in operation on a Group III (small, tactical) unmanned aircraft system.

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