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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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News Briefs: August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

South Dakota flights resuming three days after B-1B crash Flights were resuming out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota Aug. 22, three days after a B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana, an Air Force official said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers safely ejected Monday morning before the…

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NASA releases new imagery of asteroid mission

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect and study a near-Earth asteroid.

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Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis Combat System evolution demonstrates extended line of sight capability in latest test

Posted  August 23, 2013

The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Aegis Combat System successfully completed the first live firing test that proves the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target. The latest Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air test marks the first test at sea, and the…

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NASA awards environmental engineering, occupational health services contract

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to HPM Corp. of Kennewick, Wash., to provide environmental engineering and occupational health services to the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract begins Nov. 1. It has a maximum value of $29.5 million with a potential performance period of five…

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Navy warships built in Wisconsin draw federal scrutiny

Posted  August 23, 2013

A federal watchdog agency is raising concerns over the U.S. Navy’s $40 billion littoral combat ship program, which supports more than 1,200 Wisconsin jobs and pumps millions of dollars into the state’s economy. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report questioning whether the warships perform as expected. The report identified deficiencies with certain core…

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Astronomers use Hubble images for movies featuring space slinky

Posted  August 23, 2013

Astronomers have assembled, from more than 13 years of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a series of time-lapse movies showing a jet of superheated gas – 5,000 light-years long – as it is ejected from a supermassive black hole. The movies promise to give astronomers a better understanding of how black holes shape galaxy…

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ATK delivers backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted  August 23, 2013

ATK has shipped the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Marshall Space Flight Center, completing an important milestone for the most powerful space telescope ever to be built.

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U.S. military will remain strong despite budget cuts, Hagel tells Hawaii Marines

Posted  August 23, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Marines and sailors in Hawaii Aug. 22 that despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world’s best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them. Hagel kicked off a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia with a troop talk at Marine Corps…

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NASA selects advanced research, technology contract

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association of Columbia, Md., to support research and technology efforts at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $65 million during a 4 1/2-year performance period beginning Oct. 1. USRA will support applied research in Glenn’s core competencies…

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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  August 23, 2013

Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The event comes less than two months after the KC-46 program began to…

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