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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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California ANG battles raging wildfires

Posted  May 6, 2013

The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing is providing two specialized firefighting C-130J aircraft and crews to assist with wildfires raging across the state.

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X-47B completes key milestone as it prepares for carrier tests at sea

Posted  May 6, 2013

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.

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Eglin AFB munitions unit creates ammo linker for AFSOC

Posted  May 6, 2013

A new, lighter, mobile 30 mm ammo linker system is set for delivery to Air Force Special Operations Command units at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in May.

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NATO secretary general warns Europe on defense cuts

Posted  May 6, 2013

– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned May 6 that further cuts in defense spending by European nations risk reducing the continent’s defense and security to “hot air,” turning the alliance into what he called a “global spectator” rather than a real force on the world stage. “The only way to avoid this is…

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Three Fairchild Airmen perish in KC-135 crash

Posted  May 6, 2013

Three airmen from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron based at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., tragically perished May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker. The crew and aircraft were assigned to the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.   The deceased are: Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, hometown of…

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NASA partners with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab

Posted  May 6, 2013

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Innovative Partnerships Office in Greenbelt, Md., has entered into a Space Act Agreement with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, North Logan, Utah, to develop a high-resolution optical encoder. The partnership, funded by SDL through a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, allows for the joint development of a high-resolution cryogenic optical…

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C-130 squadron first to perform new airdrop method

Posted  May 6, 2013

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides.

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Headlines May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

News Solar-powered plane takes off for cross-country flight The first plane that can fly day and night powered only by the sun May 3 began a transcontinental journey that will reach Washington by mid-June. Solar Impulse, which lifted off from this World War II-era airfield shortly after 6 a.m., PDT, has room for only one…

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News Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

NASA, Navy sign agreement on carrier landings The Navy will pay NASA nearly $2 million a year to conduct field carrier landing practice at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Using the facility will allow the Navy to stop sending some Norfolk-based squadrons to Jacksonville, Fla. to conduct practice there. NASA announced details…

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Air Force awards KC-46A aircrew training system contract

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Air Force awarded a contract to FlightSafety Services Corporation on May 1, taking a major step forward in achieving the service’s top acquisition priority – delivering a new aerial refueling capability to the warfighter. The contract, a Fixed Price Incentive Firm and Firm Fixed Price contract of $78,369,818 which includes an initial obligation of…

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