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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…


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Military helo industry to decline by almost half, civil market flourishes

Posted  December 18, 2013

As Department of Defense budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support…

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Final mirrors for space telescope arrive at Goddard Space Flight Center

Posted  December 18, 2013

The final three of 18 primary mirrors built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the James Webb Space Telescope have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018. Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror,…

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Adoption of large-scale CMMs, laser trackers to drive demand from aerospace industry

Posted  December 18, 2013

The need for dimensional metrology solutions to measure new aircraft designs or the latest lightweight bodies and components will sustain the metrology market. Demand from leading aerospace manufacturers for customized, end-to-end solutions is the primary driver for the market. The top five dimensional metrology companies account for 51 percent of the total market, with coordinate…

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Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS GEO-2 satellite certified for 0peration

Posted  December 18, 2013

The second Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite built by Lockheed Martin to provide our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence was recently declared operational. The SBIRS GEO-2 satellite received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance on Nov. 25, just eight months after its March 19 launch from…

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NASA postpones Orbital launch, sets spacewalks to repair faulty station pump module

Posted  December 18, 2013

NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station. Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft, atop its Antares rocket, now will launch no earlier than January. The postponement of the Antares launch…

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Element Huntington Beach expands aerospace testing lab by 70 percent

Posted  December 18, 2013

The laboratory operated by Element Materials Technology in Huntington Beach, Calif., is substantially increasing its aerospace testing capacity by expanding its laboratory facilities by 70 percent and adding a third shift to operations. With demand from the Aerospace Primes and their supply chain partners continuing to increase, Element Huntington Beach has leased a 20,000 square-foot…

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Lockheed Martin team completes first solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  December 18, 2013

A Lockheed Martin team has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellit) satellite missions, known as the GOES-R series. The team is on track for instrument delivery in January 2014 for integration with the first…

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Feds grant Navy permit for sonar training

Posted  December 18, 2013

Environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Dec. 16 against the National Marine Fisheries Service to demand it force the Navy to consider alternatives to its five-year plan that will intensify its sonar use off Southern California and Hawaii. Earthjustice, representing several groups, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, only hours after the federal agency…

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CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph by Don Popp The Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dec. 12, 2013. One of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dec. 12. The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff,…

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Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg

Posted  December 18, 2013

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Dec. 17 at 4:36 a.m., PST, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Every test launch verifies the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,…

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