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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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Events

Team Edwards opens registration for inaugural Run with History marathon

Posted  February 14, 2014

Approximately 900 runners will have the opportunity to come out and run where history is made every day in the upcoming 2014 Edwards Inaugural “Run with History” Half Marathon, 10K and 5K run May 17. With open registration already underway, Team Edwards is getting the word out to runners of all ages about the historic…

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NASA moves longest-serving Mars spacecraft for new observations

Posted  February 14, 2014

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. The maneuver took place Feb. 11. Odyssey team engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of…

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Boeing delivers Kuwait Air Forceís first C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  February 14, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing Feb. 13 delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait…

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Veterans

VA launches online tool to calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Posted  February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department Feb. 4 launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are…

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Defense

Maintainers counter cyber threats for first time at Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 14, 2014

Maintainers learn how to counter cyber threats on the flightline for the first time though innovation and adaptability here during Red Flag 14-1.

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13th Bomb Squadron brings global strike capability to Red Flag

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler SrA. Airman Dustin Childs, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., finishes cleaning the landing gear doors of a B-2 Spirit during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 10 at Nellis AFB, Nev. The B-2 is a low-observable bomber aircraft capable of releasing conventional and…

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Headlines – February 12, 2014

Posted  February 12, 2014

News: House votes to cancel cuts to military benefits – Acting to appease furious veterans’ groups, the House passed a bill Feb. 11 to undo about $6 billion worth of cuts to military retirement benefits.   Business: Singapore air show to focus on F-16s, F-35s – F-16 upgrade programs and F-35 deals in the region are expected…

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News Briefs February 12, 2014

Posted  February 12, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,169 As of Feb. 11, 2014, at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,791 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Business

Raytheon receives $31 million Maverick missile contract from South Korea

Posted  February 12, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for additional AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles. Under the direct commercial sale, Raytheon will supply the missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force. “These new Mavericks will provide the Republic of Korea Air Force with additional firepower and will add to…

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Malaysia Airlines awards Pratt & Whitney $550 million fleet management program

Posted  February 12, 2014

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, announced Feb. 12 that it has signed an exclusive, 10-year Fleet Management Program agreement with Malaysia Airlines to maintain the airline’s fleet of 43 PW4170 installed engines and spare engines. The agreement, which includes an option to extend the contract for up to five additional years, is…

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