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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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NASA joins ESA’s ‘Dark Universe’ mission

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA has joined the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will launch in 2020 and spend six years mapping the locations and measuring the shapes of as many as 2 billion galaxies spread over more than one-third of the sky….

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SpaceX schedules its next ISS resupply mission

Posted  January 25, 2013

SpaceX has picked March 1 for the next launch of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The company requested the date from the Cape Canaveral, Fla., spaceport it uses for launching its Falcon rocket. This will be the third flight for a Falcon 9 rocket to ferry a Dragon cargo capsule. It will…

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Bigelow expanding International Space Station contract announced

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Program has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, which is scheduled to arrive at the space station in 2015 for a two-year technology demonstration.

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Boeing appoints communications director for Russia/CIS

Posted  January 25, 2013

Boeing has appointed Elena Alexandrova as Communications director for Russia/CIS succeeding Dmitry Krol who has joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications in Seattle. Alexandrova will be responsible for the company’s communications strategy and partnerships with suppliers and customers to support the company’s business objectives in Russia. “Russia is a strategically important country for Boeing, from supporting…

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NASA telescope observes how sun stores, releases energy

Posted  January 25, 2013

A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun's magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now.

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Free Lynx flights to space offered by Axe men’s products

Posted  January 25, 2013

Flights aboard the XCOR Lynx II, which SXC has contracted to wet lease from Mojave based XCOR Aerospace, will be part of a major marketing campaign put on by Axe’s parent, Unilever.

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Aerojet’s DACS powers successful enhanced EKV in non-intercept flight test

Posted  January 28, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its Divert and Attitude Control Subsystem on the modified Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle performed its mission-critical role in a planned non-intercept flight test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. The EKV DACS provided the critical trajectory adjustments to satisfy the mission objectives. During the flight test, the DACS performed as…

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First Presidential V-22 takes flight

Posted  January 28, 2013

Bell Helicopter photograph Aircraft 197, the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, hovers over the runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 22. The aircraft, crewed by pilot Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Bodwell, co-pilot Capt. William Thomas and crew chief Staff Sgt….

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News Briefs – January 28, 2013

Posted  January 28, 2013

Britain deploys surveillance aircraft to Mali Britain’s military says it is deploying a spy plane to Mali to help with the French-led military intervention against the West African country’s Islamist rebels. The Ministry of Defense said it sent the Sentinel R-1 aircraft, a specially modified jet whose radar can be used to hunt ground targets,…

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Ball Aerospace completes final phase of $75 million manufacturing expansion

Posted  January 28, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. opened the door Jan. 25 on a new era of space programs by celebrating the completion of an advanced satellite manufacturing center that more than doubles current spacecraft production capability. The 90,000-square-foot expansion is designed to accommodate larger and more sophisticated satellites and simultaneous spacecraft builds to fulfill new NASA…

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