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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Air Force receives space award

Posted  December 5, 2012

Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski accepted the donation of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from Dr. Bradford Parkinson on behalf of SMC and the GPS Directorate at a special ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 30. Parkinson and the “GPS Originators” were awarded the…

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Military history professor provides Korean War perspectives

Posted  December 5, 2012

A Korean War expert provided a Pentagon audience with some Chinese, Russian and North Korean perspectives on that conflict during a Dec. 3 presentation in Washington, D.C. Using information from Chinese and Russian sources that became available in the past few decades, noted historian Allan R. Millett delivered a lecture entitled, “Korea, November 1950.” That…

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Secrets of universe revealed thanks to AF research complex

Posted  December 5, 2012

Looking skyward, scientists worldwide now know the universe’s size, composition, approximate age and rate of expansion, thanks in part to “essential” data derived from a time-sensitive test conducted at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Mark 1 Aerospace Space Chamber. On June 30, 2001, a Delta II launch vehicle carried NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe on…

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Climate models predict increase in U.S. wildfire risk

Posted  December 5, 2012

Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades. Other findings about U.S. wildfires, including their amount of carbon emissions and how the length and strength of fire seasons are expected to change under future climate conditions, were also…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 250th LITENING G4 targeting system

Posted  December 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman has delivered its 250th LITENING G4 targeting system ahead of schedule. LITENING G4 is currently in full rate production to accommodate separate indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts with the U.S. Air Force and the Naval Air Systems Command. These contracts allow for procurement of new LITENING G4 pods as well as upgrades of…

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Boeing 737 breaks single-year record for orders, deliveries

Posted  December 5, 2012

Boeing photograph Boeing reached a record for year-to-date 737 deliveries with the Dec. 3 delivery of the 377th Next-Generation 737. The delivery of the airplane, a 737-900ER (Extended Range) with Boeing Sky Interior for United Airlines, topped the previous record of 376 deliveries set in 2010. In October, the 737 also broke its own record…

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F-35B completes second airborne weapons separation Lightning II executes first drop of a 500-pound GBU-12

Posted  December 5, 2012

The F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force accomplished another significant test milestone Dec. 3 when an F-35B successfully released another weapon in flight. BF-3, a short take off and vertical landing variant of the F-35, released an inert 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges while traveling at…

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Voyager 1 probe encounters new region in deep space

Posted  December 5, 2012

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space. Scientists refer to this new region as a magnetic highway for charged particles because our sun’s magnetic field lines are connected to…

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2012 awards presented for achievements in Earth remote sensing

Posted  December 5, 2012

NASA and the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey presented the 2012 William T. Pecora awards for achievement in earth remote sensing to Gilberto Camara of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research and Leung Tsang of the University of Washington in Seattle. Camara was recognized for his contributions to remote-sensing leadership as a scientist,…

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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 5,000 flight hours

Posted  December 5, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program surpassed 5,000 flight hours last month. This milestone was reached by the combined F-35 System Development and Demonstration aircraft flying at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and the training aircraft flying at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All…

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