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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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News Briefs February 13, 2013

Posted  February 13, 2013

U.S. military weighs cutbacks in drone programs The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years. It would be both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and new areas of operation – such as east Asia –…

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F-35A completes three-year clean wing flutter testing program

Posted  February 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jetís structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35Aís design. The mission, flown…

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First F-35 production model takes flight

Posted  February 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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U.S. needs China to get tough on North Korea

Posted  February 15, 2013

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will lead the world in taking firm action against the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear test. But Pyongyang’s isolation from most of the international financial and trading system will limit the impact of sanctions unless China can be persuaded to get tougher on its longtime ally. The underground…

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Northrop Grumman to begin next phase of modernizing B-2 defensive systems

Posted  February 15, 2013

PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman will help drive down costs and speed the availability of new hardware and software upgrades for the B-2 stealth bomber under a recently awarded contract from the U.S. Air Force. The contract covers Technology Development Phase 2 of a multiyear effort by Northrop Grumman to modernize the B-2′s defensive management…

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Sequestration would demonstrate failure of resolve

Posted  February 15, 2013

If Congress fails to de-trigger the sequestration mechanism in budget law that will impose across-the-board defense spending cuts March 1, it could demonstrate to allies and enemies that the United States lacks the resolve, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Feb. 14. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Carter warned of the consequences of…

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Magnetic levitation track reaches new world record in speed

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 846th Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., successfully performed its most ambitious test to date on the magnetic levitation track at here, Feb. 7. Members of the 846th were able to use the Maglev track in conjunction with a new propulsion system to reach an astounding speed of more than 500 miles…

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U.S. military weighs cuts, shifts in drone programs

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down. Air Force leaders are saying the military may already…

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Raytheon/Thales team wins contract for helicopter helmet mounted displays

Posted  February 15, 2013

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon, together with teammate Thales Visionix Inc., has won an award valued at $3.5 million for the engineering and manufacturing development of Common Helmet Mounted Display systems for the U.S. Army’s Air Soldier Program. Under the contract, the RTSC/TVI team will perform systems engineering to adapt TVI’s…

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Lockheed Martin’s JASSM completes Lot 6 reliability assessment program testing

Posted  February 15, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile recently completed Reliability Assessment Program Lot 6 testing with two final flights.The tests met success criteria and demonstrated the effectiveness of hardware enhancements to Lot 6 missiles. In the first test, a B-52 at the Utah Test and Training Range released a JASSM from 35,000 feet traveling at Mach…

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