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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.


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Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

Posted  July 3, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

Posted  July 3, 2014

ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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Business

Lockheed Martin to freeze pension plan for U.S.-based salaried employees

Posted  July 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin announced July 1 that it will freeze its salaried defined benefit pension plan and transition employees to an enhanced defined contribution retirement plan. The change will take effect in a two-step approach, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, with the freeze of pay-based benefits and concluding with the freeze of service-based benefits Jan. 1, 2020….

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JSTARS Recap team holds industry week

Posted  July 3, 2014

Air Force photograph by Mark Herlihy A Gulfstream aircraft takes off from the flightline at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 10, 2014. Potential contractors brought airframes in to display during the Joint STARS Recapitalization Indusry Week. The program office responsible for the event intends to equip new system onto a smaller, more efficient airframe….

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Raytheon to award student veterans $30,000 in scholarships

Posted  July 3, 2014

Raytheon and Student Veterans of America will open the application process for the Raytheon-SVA Scholarship July 4, 2014, to be presented to three student veterans pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering fields and who have demonstrated leadership in their local communities. Three $10,000 scholarships will be awarded, for a total commitment of $30,000. Applications…

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Business

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, P-8A Poseidon to make first air show appearances at Farnborough

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing confirmed July 2 that the new 787-9 Dreamliner and the P-8A Poseidon will participate for the first time in flying displays at the Farnborough International Airshow, which runs July 14-20. This year’s airshow marks the 40th anniversary of Boeing’s participation at Farnborough. The 787-9 ñ flight test airplane ZB001 — will be on static…

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Autonomous vehicles to exploit capabilities of machines, soldiers

Posted  July 3, 2014

Before long, soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems.

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Headlines June 30, 2014

Posted  June 30, 2014

News: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs – President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues.  50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle – When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs…

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News Briefs June 30, 2014

Posted  June 30, 2014

SpaceX, Orbcomm want to launch satellites in July SpaceX and Orbcomm are hoping that it can launch six commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral early next month. Florida Today reports that the Air Force is reviewing a proposed July 14 launch date for approval. There is a backup date of July 15. The companies are eventually…

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Plane Crazy for Melvill

Posted  June 30, 2014

Pilot and first commercial astronaut Mike Melvill stole the show at Mojave Air & Spaceport’s Plane Crazy monthly event as he recounted his first spaceflight of SpaceShipOne, 10 years to the date in a packed conference room June 21.

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