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Australia accepts new Boeing CH-47F Chinook aircraft

Boeing photograph Boeing has delivered the first two of seven CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army at a ceremony in Queensland. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout 2015. At a May 5 ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in northern Queensland, Australia commissioned their first two Boeing CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft….

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‘Futurist’ predicts Far East challenges for expeditionary Army

Cyber, electronic warfare and anti-satellite operations are just a few of the threats facing the United States in the Pacific, said a "futurist," who spoke recently at the Pentagon.

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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…


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F-35A conducts first live fire with AMRAAM

Posted  November 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30. The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30….

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NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted  November 1, 2013

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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Secretary of State announces public-private veterans partnership

Posted  November 1, 2013

As Veterans Day approaches, Secretary of State John F. Kerry Oct. 31 announced a new public-private partnership intended to help veterans find international employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. “The Veterans Innovation Partnership, VIP as we are calling it, is not about just what the State Department can do for veterans, it’s really…

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Brains behind the QF-16 spearhead AF aerial target drone program

Posted  November 1, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Jeff Gibson, Government Team Lead and Jeff Stebbins, Gulf Range Drone Control System contractor and QF-16 Integration Team Lead operate the software their 15-man team developed for the Air Force’s newest aerial target drone. The console they operate in their lab at Eglin is replicated in the field…

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Navy’s new Fire Scout unmanned helicopter takes its first flight

Posted  November 1, 2013

The Navy’s newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Oct. 31 at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.

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Boeing to increase 737 production rate in 2017

Posted  November 1, 2013

Boeing announced Oct. 31 that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010. “We’re taking…

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Upcoming Events – November 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Nov. 3-8 – Third International Conference on Storms, Substorms, and Space Weather, Shenzhen, China Nov. 3-8 – 29th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research/5th International Symposium for Physical Sciences in Space, Orlando, Fla. Nov. 4-5 – New Particle Physics Symposium Europe-2013: Higgs Boson to LHC, Neutrinos, Cosmos and Beyond, Cambridge, United Kingdom Nov. 4-5…

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Headlines October 31, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

News: U.S. military commandos made it to Benghazi – Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy.   Business: Boeing said to near 777X order haul of up to $87…

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News Briefs October 31, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,150 As of Oct. 29, 2013, at least 2,150 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,782 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing delivers 12th production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to U.S. Navy

Posted  October 31, 2013

Boeing delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The aircraft is the sixth from the…

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