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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

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Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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General Dynamics receives $219 million for U.S. Army’s WIN-T increment 2 systems

Posted  June 24, 2015

General Dynamics received the first full rate production order from the U.S. Army to build additional Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 systems.  The $219 million order includes the production of more than 300 vehicle-based network communication nodes along with related equipment and materials. WIN-T Increment 2 is the Army’s communications backbone providing…

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NASA’s Chandra captures x-ray echoes pinpointing distant neutron star

Posted  June 24, 2015

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the largest and brightest set of rings from X-ray light echoes ever observed.

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Raptors bring intimidation to exercise Northern Edge

Posted  June 24, 2015

Its wide muzzle, short black broad nose with large nostrils and deep-set, dark eyes grimace intimidation across the patch on the right shoulder of the pilot boarding his aircraft while preparing to engage an enemy in the joint interoperability environment that is Northern Edge 2015.

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AF releases vision for development of autonomous systems

Posted  June 24, 2015

The Air Force released a vision document June 22 written by its former chief scientist which helps define a path to increased and effective autonomy. Autonomous Horizons, authored by Dr. Mica Endsley, provides direction and guidance on the opportunities and challenges in the development of autonomous systems for Air Force operations, and encourages those building…

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NASA-developed air traffic management tool flies into use

Posted  June 24, 2015

A new software tool developed by NASA, and being deployed by the Federal Aviation Administration, is positioned to help air traffic controllers manage the nation’s skies.

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Headlines June 22, 2015

Posted  June 22, 2015

Business: Sikorsky bids, M&A talks shake up air show – Even with jets roaring overhead, the loudest blast in the defense sector during the Paris Air Show came from United Technology Corp.’s acknowledgement that it has multiple bids – at attractive levels – for subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft, makers of the US Army’s Black Hawk helicopter….

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News Briefs June 22, 2015

Posted  June 22, 2015

Vets fight to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial A group of Navy veterans is trying to persuade the U.S. military to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The sailors were killed when their destroyer, the USS Frank E. Evans, was cut in half in…

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Veteran NASA spacecraft nears 60,000th lap around Mars

Posted  June 22, 2015

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone June 23, when it completes its 60,000th orbit since arriving at the Red Planet in 2001. Named after the bestselling novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke, Odyssey began orbiting Mars almost 14 years ago, on Oct. 23, 2001. On Dec. 15, 2010, it…

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Army puts Gray Eagle, One System Remote Video Terminal through test

Posted  June 22, 2015

Army photograph The MQ-1C Gray Eagle, the Army’s largest unmanned aircraft system in the inventory, recently underwent follow on test and evaluation, which culminated June 14 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. The Army has finished its follow on test and evaluation, or FOTE, on the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and Initial Test…

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NASA selects six wild ideas in aviation for further study

Posted  June 22, 2015

NASA has selected six proposals to study transformative ideas that might expand what’s possible in aviation, shifting the boundary between fantastic and futuristic. During a day-long meeting in April, 17 teams pitched their ideas to NASA managers. The ideas ranged from environmentally-friendly electric propulsion that uses an aircraft’s structure as a battery, to computer programs…

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