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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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AAR selected by GE Aviation to upgrade main landing gear door actuator

Posted  July 8, 2013

AAR CORP. has been selected by GE Aviation as an Authorized Service Center to retrofit the main landing gear door actuators on A318, A319, A320, and A321 aircraft with improved hydraulic actuators. AAR will handle the work at its Landing Gear Services MRO facility in Miami. That 128,000-square-foot site added tooling capabilities and manpower to…

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NASA selects electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted  July 8, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to ASRC Federal Space & Defense of Greenbelt, Md., for the Electrical Systems Engineering Services II for the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is a cost plus award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $475 million. This contract has a 30-day phase-in period with…

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Gerry Fasano to lead Lockheed Martin IS&GS Strategy, business development

Posted  July 8, 2013

Gerry Fasano has been appointed vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions business. In addition, he will remain the General Manager for the Valley Forge, Penn., operations, where he will continue his close work and commitment to the Greater Philadelphia area community. Fasano will be responsible for…

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NASA announces space station research, development conference

Posted  July 8, 2013

The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, will conduct the second annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference July 16-18 in Denver. The theme of the conference is “Discoveries, Applications and Opportunities.” It is the only annual conference offering details on the full…

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Headlines July 2, 2013

Posted  July 2, 2013

Defense Fourth of July fireworks shuttered at key military bases Money woes have led at least three military bases to cancel Fourth of July fireworks, a move that will save up to $100,000, one general estimated. Army’s internal battle: Fight with GAO over battlefield intelligence system The Army’s vaunted battlefield intelligence processor is “difficult to…

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News Briefs July 1, 2013

Posted  July 2, 2013

Jordan air force pilot joins Syrian rebels Relatives of a Jordanian air force pilot say he has joined al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad. More than 300 Jordanians, some linked to domestic militant groups, have joined Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow Assad. But…

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Predator 107 soars past 20,000 flight hours

Posted  July 2, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 28 that a U.S. Air Force PredatorÆ RPA has reached a record 20,000 flight hours on a single aircraft, the highest flight time of any U.S. Air Force Predator. The milestone was achieved by Predator 107 (P107) while performing a 21-hour combat mission in support of Operation Enduring…

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Lockheed Martin delivers third SBIRS HEO satellite payload to U.S. Air Force

Posted  July 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has delivered the third of four highly elliptical earth orbit satellite payloads contracted by the U.S. Air Force as part of the Space Based Infrared System. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders,…

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NASA tests game changing composite cryogenic fuel tank

Posted  July 2, 2013

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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Army leaders discuss NIE path ahead at Industry Day

Posted  July 2, 2013

As the Army’s first brigade combat team deploys to Afghanistan with a suite of new communications gear that came together at the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, senior leaders met with industry to discuss how future NIEs will continue to drive technology forward. The NIE 14.2 Industry Day, held June 25, emphasized the significance of…

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