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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.

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Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing broke ground July 29 on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees.

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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…


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House rebuffs Pentagon on defense spending

Posted  May 23, 2014

The House May 22 overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to hometown interests. Ignoring a White House veto threat, Republicans and Democrats united behind the popular measure that authorizes spending on weapons and personnel for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The…

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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

Posted  May 23, 2014

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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DOD sends UAV, 80 Airmen to help Nigerian search

Posted  May 23, 2014

The Defense Department’s addition of an unmanned aerial vehicle and 80 Air Force troops to U.S. efforts supporting Nigeria’s search for over 200 missing schoolgirls has turned the mission into an air operation, Army Col. Steve Warren, the director of Pentagon Press Operations, said May 22. The UAV system and Air Force personnel were deployed…

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Report: FAA too reliant on Boeing for battery test

Posted  May 23, 2014

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says. The National Transportation Safety Board May 22 criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommended that the FAA needed to…

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Headlines May 21, 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

News: Body found in search for Marine who fell during Osprey training flight – The body of a Marine who fell from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft May 19 during a training flight near White Lake was recovered May 20 after an exhaustive search by more than 1,000 military and law enforcement personnel.    Business: Space industry…

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News Briefs May 21, 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

Russian army readies return from Ukrainian border The Russian Defense Ministry says its units in the western regions bordering Ukraine are preparing for a journey to their home bases in line with President Vladimir Putin’s order. Putin ordered the withdrawal May 19 in what could be an attempt to ease tensions with the West over…

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Sikorsky Aircraft, LORD Corporation successfully test hub mounted vibration suppressors

Posted  May 21, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation May 20 announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor, a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter…

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Army inducts self-propelled howitzer into low-rate initial production

Posted  May 21, 2014

Air and sea power are critical strategic military assets, but land power is undeniable in its ability to compel and deter adversaries.

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib moves closer to full rate production

Posted  May 21, 2014

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Raytheon and the U.S. Army completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for Excalibur Ib during a series of successful tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This milestone moves the program one step closer to full rate production. During IOT&E, artillerymen from Fort Riley’s 1st Battalion, 5th Field…

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Pratt & Whitney unveils higher thrust PurePower engine

Posted  May 21, 2014

Pratt & Whitney May 20 launched the newest addition to the PurePower engine family, the PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft. The engine’s higher thrust makes it the most powerful engine on the A321neo allowing A321neo operators, fitted with Geared Turbofanô engine technology, to fly routes of greater distance…

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