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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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News Briefs April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,071 As of April 23, 2013, at least 2,071 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 1,717 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lasers bring new urgency to electric power research

Posted  April 26, 2013

In the wake of the recent announcement that laser weapons will be put on U.S. Navy ships, the need for reliable, high-voltage shipboard power has become a matter of national security, officials said at this week’s Electric Ship Technologies Symposium outside Washington, D.C. The Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored event featured some of the world’s…

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NASA extends mission operations support contract

Posted  April 26, 2013

NASA has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract. The extension has a total estimated value of $166.8 million and extends the period of performance through Sept. 30, 2014. The…

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CTF celebrates Raptor’s 1,000th sortie

Posted  April 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Henry The oldest flying F-22 Raptor, tail number 4007, successfully completed its 1,000th sortie April 19. The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated the milestone with a James Bond themed plane-side ceremony, referring to the aircraftís tail number ending in ì007.î The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated an impressive milestone April…

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Edwards test team extends KC-135 capabilities

Posted  April 26, 2013

Known as "The Mighty War Wagon" of the United States Air Force, the KC-135 Stratotanker has proven to be the core aerial refueling capability for the Air Force for more than 50 years.

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NASA probe observes meteors colliding with Saturn’s rings

Posted  April 26, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn’s rings. These observations make Saturn’s rings the only location besides Earth, the moon, and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur. Studying the impact rate of…

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NASA selects small businesses for innovative research, technology projects

Posted  April 26, 2013

NASA has selected 44 additional proposals from 42 small high-technology companies to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. Valued at about $30.7 million, these selections complement 39 Phase 2 proposals announced in November. “These additional Phase 2 SBIR selections continue the successful legacy of the…

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Affordability priority for F-35 program

Posted  April 26, 2013

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Crew chiefs from the 57th Wing Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit marshal an F-35 Lighting II, March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The first two aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike…

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Headlines April 24, 2013

Posted  April 24, 2013

Business Honeywell Agrees to Buy RAE Systems for $340 Million Honeywell International Inc. agreed to acquire privately held manufacturer RAE Systems Inc. for $340 million, giving the diversified technology and manufacturing company additional gas-detection offerings. Airbus wins coveted BA mini-jumbo order International Airlines Group unveiled orders for 18 Airbus A350 long-haul jets for its British…

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News Briefs April 24, 2013

Posted  April 24, 2013

Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers Senior U.S. Army officials warned April 23 they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed…

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