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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.


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Remotely piloted aircraft flies first long-duration test using repurposed satellite

Posted  February 7, 2014

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. A test team with the 53rd Test Management Group, Detachment 4 and led by Lt. Dan Broyles successfully demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9 to…

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New AC-130J completes first test flight

Posted  February 7, 2014

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a gunship at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31.

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HAECO completes acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services

Posted  February 7, 2014

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited announced Feb. 6 that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc., creating one of the world’s leading providers of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul services and aircraft interiors products and services. “This is a truly exciting day for HAECO and TIMCO as our companies embark…

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Air Force to replace aviator locator beacons

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Air Force will replace thousands of unreliable aircraft personnel locator beacons across the fleet, a service official said Jan. 16. Locator beacons are an automated method used to locate an aviator should he or she eject or egress in peacetime flights, said Col. Aaron Clark, the Global Power Programs Directoratedeputy director for Air Force…

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Wounded Warrior Project event

Posted  February 7, 2014

The University of Antelope Valley will be holding a Wounded Warrior Project benefit Feb. 9. UAV’s baseball team will be playing a double header against Oregon Tech 11 a.m., Feb. 9 at Lancaster Municipal Stadium (where the Jethawks play). Typically, admission is free to all UAV athletic events, but the purpose of this event is…

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SSL-built ABS-2 satellite successfully performs post-launch maneuvers

Posted  February 7, 2014

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the ABS-2 satellite, designed and built for ABS, was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French…

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National Space Club honors Kepler’s planet hunters

Posted  February 7, 2014

NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club’s preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in…

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Raytheon awarded DARPA contract to research and develop new approach to cyber mission execution

Posted  February 7, 2014

Raytheon was awarded a $9.8 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of its Plan X program, which seeks to help U.S. government agencies plan, execute and assess cyber network operations. Raytheon’s research and development is focused on enabling the Department of Defense to predictably and rapidly scale and execute cyber…

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NASA announces fifth round of CubeSat space mission candidates

Posted  February 7, 2014

NASA has selected 16 small satellites from nine states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a primary school, non-profit organizations and NASA field centers. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites measure…

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Human-robot teams key to disaster response

Posted  February 7, 2014

In the future, when an earthquake or tsunami strikes a populated area or a terrorist attack decimates a city, teams of disaster experts partnered with robots - whose skills are being honed in rigorous competitions funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - may be the first responders.

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