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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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Tracker airmen protect Bagram

Posted  February 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Chris Willis SSgt. Craig Ritter and 1st Lt. Joshua Loomis move into position to place ground sensors for an enemy movement and detection training scenario Feb. 14, 2013 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The team uses a series of search techniques from simple eyes-on to ground sensors to track insurgent activity…

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Northrop Grumman navigation system integral to first flight of nEUROn UCAV demonstrator

Posted  February 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and heading reference system for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle demonstrator, which recently completed a successful first flight in Freiburg, Germany. Northrop Grumman’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV demonstrator. The LCR-100…

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NAVAIR, defense industry partner welcome production of 100th H-1 Helicopter

Posted  February 20, 2013

Marking a key development for U.S. Marine Corps aviation, Bell Helicopter the manufacturer of the service’s H-1 Helicopter, delivered the 100th UH-1Y model to the U.S. government Jan. 16.

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Insitu announces successful first flight of new technology release on Integrator UAS

Posted  February 20, 2013

Insitu announced Feb. 18 the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system Block 2, the latest technology release of the system. The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company’s flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple…

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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted  February 20, 2013

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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NACRA Testbed executes corrosion sensor technology project

Posted  February 20, 2013

Navy photograph by Doug Abbotts A UH-1N helicopter, testbed for the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement, flies a mission near the Chesapeake Bay to test and demonstrate integrated corrosion sensing technology. Early detection of metal-killing corrosion could cut total ownership costs for all Department of Defense rotorcraft in the near future. Naval Aviation Center…

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II-VI signs multi-year agreements for Sapphire Windows on the F-35 EOTS, Sniper ATP shroud assemblies

Posted  February 20, 2013

II-VI Incorporated announced an agreement Feb. 19 between its subsidiary Exotic Electro-Optics and Lockheed Martin for two multi-year purchasing agreements. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The first is for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting Sensor and the second is for Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. Purchase orders from this agreement will…

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Arms vendors turn to cyber security as sales drop

Posted  February 20, 2013

The world’s largest arms vendors are expanding in the cybersecurity sector as austerity measures weigh on sales of traditional weapons, a Swedish peace research institute said Feb. 18. Sales by the 100 largest arms producing companies, excluding Chinese companies, fell by 5 percent to $410 billion in 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said…

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National Guard Bureau chief: Sequestration devastating to Guard, DOD

Posted  February 20, 2013

National Guard photograph by SFC Jim Greenhill Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau (right), testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the impact on the Defense Department of sequestration and a year-long continuing resolution at the Dirksen Senate Office Building…

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Headlines: February 20, 2013

Posted  February 20, 2013

Business Boeing close to fixing Dreamliner battery Boeing has found a way to fix battery problems on its grounded 787 Dreamliner jets that involves increasing the space between the lithium ion battery cells, a source familiar with the company’s plans says. As parked 787s multiply, Boeing cash drain worries grow Paine Field Airport, next to…

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