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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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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Navy conducts initial Fire Scout, H-60 helo demonstration aboard LCS

Posted  May 16, 2014

Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) demonstrated the future concept of operations (CONOPS) for manned and unmanned helicopters aboard littoral combat ships during an underway off the coast of San Diego April 25-May 16, in preparation for an initial deployment of the aircraft later this year.

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U.S. Air Force’s Newest Rock Star Flies to Arkansas

Posted  May 16, 2014

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received another C-130J Super Hercules airlifter on May 15. Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. Bash is a command pilot who has logged…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is smaller than ever measured

Posted  May 16, 2014

Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth – has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot†† now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed…

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Air Force moves closer to KC-46A beddown

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photograph Several projects will break ground at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., in the upcoming weeks, including construction of one- and two-bay hangars like those depicted in this rendering. The construction is part of the beddown effort for the Air Forceís new fleet of KC-46A aerial tankers, expected to arrive in 2016. The Air…

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NASA announces global award winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted  May 16, 2014

NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide “hackathon” to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth. NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People’s Choice fan favorite. The competition took…

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Boeing, Scoot sign 787 pilot training agreement

Posted  May 16, 2014

Boeing and Scoot announced May 15 a five-year pilot training agreement to support the Singapore-based airline’s fleet transition to 787 Dreamliners. Under the agreement, Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will provide 787 flight training to Scoot pilots at Boeing’s Singapore training campus. In 2014 alone, an anticipated 32 Scoot…

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Headlines May 14, 2014

Posted  May 14, 2014

News: Russia targets space projects in response to U.S. high-tech sanctions – Moscow will bar the US from using Russian-made rocket engines for military satellite launches and suspend the operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites in Russia, retaliating for sanctions on high-tech equipment which Washington has imposed over the Ukraine crisis.     Business: U.S….

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News Briefs May 14, 2014

Posted  May 14, 2014

Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran President Barack Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle White for heroism during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007. White saved a comrade’s life and helped ensure that other wounded survivors of the attack were evacuated. Obama says White motivates Americans to be…

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Raytheon delivers 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy- Jammer to U.S. Air Force

Posted  May 14, 2014

Raytheon has delivered the 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALDÆ -J) to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Lot 5 production contract. “The MALD program has enjoyed a perfect 33-for-33 flight test record over the past two years,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The…

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Sikorsky Aircraft to develop autonomous Black Hawk for cargo missions

Posted  May 14, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. With the autonomous Black Hawk,…

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