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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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Shyu: Army modernization entering ‘death spiral’

Posted  October 17, 2014

"This is a death spiral we're in now," said Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, describing the state of Army modernization.

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NASA spacecraft provides new information about sun’s atmosphere

Posted  October 17, 2014

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles that power solar flares.

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Northrop Grumman JCREW achieves milestone C; Program to enter production, deployment phase

Posted  October 17, 2014

Northrop Grumman has received Milestone C approval for its Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Build 1 (I1B1) system from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command. The JCREW I1B1 system is a jammer that defeats devices used to trigger improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Northrop Grumman developed mounted, dismounted and fixed-site variants…

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NASA mission provides its first look at Martian upper atmosphere

Posted  October 17, 2014

University of Colorado/NASA photograph Three views of an escaping atmosphere, obtained by MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph. By observing all of the products of water and carbon dioxide breakdown, MAVEN’s remote sensing team can characterize the processes that drive atmospheric loss on Mars.   NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their…

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U.S. Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft achieves IO

Posted  October 17, 2014

The Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing announced Oct. 16 that the latest variant of the E-2 aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, achieved Initial Operational Capability Oct. 10.

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope finds potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons Pluto mission

Posted  October 17, 2014

Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.

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USS Coronado conducts dynamic interface testing with Fire Scout

Posted  October 17, 2014

Sailors aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) recently conducted dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle NAVSEA announced Oct. 16.

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NASA begins sixth year of airborne Antarctic ice change study

Posted  October 17, 2014

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

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Radar delivery boosts United States’ ballistic missile protection

Posted  October 17, 2014

The U.S. just gained another defensive system that will help protect the U.S. and its allies from ballistic missiles. Raytheon delivered its tenth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to the Missile Defense Agency six months ahead of schedule. AN/TPY-2 is an integral element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.  It is a mobile X-band radar…

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NASA soil moisture mapper arrives at launch site

Posted  October 17, 2014

NASA photograph NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft is delivered by truck to the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014.   A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth’s water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms – soil moisture – now is at Vandenberg…

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