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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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Boeing, Air lease Corporation announce order for 10 777-300ERs

Posted  March 1, 2013

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation announced an order Feb. 28 for 10 777-300ERs (extended range) airplanes. The order, valued at $3.2 billion at current list prices, adds to the growing portfolio of long-haul airplanes for the Los Angeles-based leasing company. “This order for 777-300ERs will help us meet the growing airline demand for long-haul passenger…

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DOD, VA make progress in integrating health records

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on integrating the health records of service members and veterans, senior government officials told the House Veterans Affairs Committee Feb. 27. President Barack Obama directed the two departments to create a seamless system of integration for medical records. ìThe direction was clear: When a member of…

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Raytheon delivers first Standard Missile-6 from new Alabama missile integration facility

Posted  March 1, 2013

Raytheon delivered the first Standard Missile-6 all-up-round to the U.S. Navy from its new integration and testing facility in Huntsville, Ala. SM-6 defends naval vessels against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. “SM-6 is a game-changing, transformational fleet defense missile, and we’re on track to reach initial operating capability this year,”…

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Walker receives prestigious Skunk Works award

Posted  March 1, 2013

Dr. Steven H. Walker, Deputy Director for DARPA, has received the 2013 Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Skunk Works Award from the Engineersí Council. Established in 1992, the annual award honors an individual with outstanding professional qualities and a top reputation for engineering accomplishments and leadership. Recipients embody the model of excellence Johnson established for future…

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Navy to christen first mobile landing platform

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Navy will christen the Mobile Landing Platform Montford Point March 2, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

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Lift off!

Posted  March 1, 2013

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with it’s Dragon spacecraft onboard, lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 1. Following launch, SpaceX confirmed its Falcon 9 rocket lifted off as planned and experienced a nominal flight. After Dragon achieved orbit, the spacecraft experienced an issue with a propellant…

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Hagel vows to ensure well-being of service members, families

Posted  March 1, 2013

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised Feb. 27 to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nationís 24th defense secretary….

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Air Force awards light air support aircraft contract

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Air Force Feb. 27 awarded a $427,459,708.00 contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. to provide light air support aircraft and associated maintenance and training for the Afghan air force. Under this contract, 20 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to operational air bases in Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014 to conduct advanced flight…

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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

Posted  March 1, 2013

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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Cuts, unstable budget threaten intelligence mission

Posted  March 1, 2013

Along with al Qaeda, nuclear proliferation and cyber threats, budget instability and the prospect of further deep spending cuts are among the nation’s most pressing national security challenges, top defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Feb. 27. Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael…

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