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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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Boeing EMARSS aircraft begin U.S. Army flight tests

Posted  August 16, 2013

Two Boeing Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft have arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for airborne tests of the target-tracking capabilities they will provide to the U.S. Army. The extensively modified Beechcraft King Air 350 ER aircraft will undergo mission systems calibration and testing to certify them prior to delivery. It’s…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter passes 5,000 flight hours supporting operations in Afghanistan

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices, provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to military forces…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX completes orbit, entry review

Posted  August 16, 2013

NASA Commercial Crew Program partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently reviewed the systems critical to sustaining crews in orbit and returning them safely to Earth aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies working under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative to develop spaceflight capabilities that eventually could provide launch…

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NASA selects innovative technology proposals for suborbital flights

Posted  August 16, 2013

NASA has selected for possible flight demonstration 10 proposals from six U.S. states for reusable, suborbital technology payloads and vehicle capability enhancements with the potential to revolutionize future space missions. After the concepts are developed, NASA may choose to fly the technologies to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and…

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Dynamatic Technologies, AeroVironment sign teaming agreement for unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted  August 16, 2013

Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment, Inc., a world leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, have signed a Teaming Agreement to address the growing global demand for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The agreement provides for the manufacture of UAVs in India, which will enable DynamaticÆ and AeroVironment to work together on a number of business opportunities for potential customers…

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Navy names Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis

Posted  August 16, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Aug. 16 that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Indianapolis. USS Indianapolis, designated LCS 17, will be the third ship to bear the name. The previous Indianapolis is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor…

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Northrop Grumman to build MK54 lightweight torpedo nose arrays for U.S. Navy

Posted  August 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for the production of acoustic nose arrays for the MK54 lightweight torpedo in support of Navy and foreign military sales requirements. The initial scope is for 428 nose arrays with a potential for as many as 3,000 over the life of the contract. The…

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NASA, commercial crew partners fund additional development milestones

Posted  August 16, 2013

NASA announced Aug. 15 it is adding some additional milestones to agreements with three U.S. commercial companies that are developing spaceflight capabilities that could eventually provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. NASA is supporting the development of these capabilities through its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap)…

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Eglin AFB F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties, training presses on

Posted  August 16, 2013

Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have consistently flown successful training sorties

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Moody AFB receives second HC-130J

Posted  August 16, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie The second†Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Commandís 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried by a Moody AFB crew from the companyís Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 14. The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II is the…

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