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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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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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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

Posted  February 5, 2014

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide to offer UAS workshop in Las Vegas

Posted  February 5, 2014

Professionals looking to gain a better understanding of the emerging unmanned aircraft systems industry can take advantage of a two-day course being offered in Las Vegas Feb. 27 to 28 by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Topics to be discussed include: introduction and impact of UAS; UAS designs; legislation, certification and regulation; industry concerns; applications; operational…

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NASA evolves student rocketry challenge, enhances ties to space launch system

Posted  February 5, 2014

Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo…

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Dryden’s DROID demonstrates autonomous UAS-to-UAS air tow

Posted  February 5, 2014

Engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center chalked up another first for the center recently when they flew a scale-model sailplane that was towed aloft by one of NASA's small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drones - DROID for short.

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Report: U.S. troop morale higher in Afghanistan

Posted  February 5, 2014

U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves, according to a report released Feb. 3. The Army report was drawn from a battlefield survey and interviews in June and July. It was the ninth time…

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NASA Dryden’s Facilities Support Center construction complete

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph Late afternoon clouds provide a dramatic highlight to NASA Dryden’s new Facilities Support Center. Desert landscaping around the 38,000-square-foot structure is intended to minimize water usage with drought-tolerant shrubbery. Construction of the new Facilities Support Center at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has officially been declared complete. Dryden employees were given a self-guided…

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Northrop Grumman to demonstrate faster, simpler way to replace obsolete parts for B-2

Posted  February 5, 2014

PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force will get its first look at a faster, more affordable way to replace obsolete avionics on the B-2 stealth bomber under a contract awarded last August to Northrop Grumman. Under the 43-month, $43.5 million award, the company will produce a functional replacement for a B-2 avionics box called…

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Boeing Business Jets delivers first two BBJ 787-8s of 2014

Posted  February 5, 2014

Boeing Business Jets have celebrated the first two BBJ 787-8 deliveries of 2014. The deliveries, made over the past week to separate undisclosed customers, mark the second and third BBJ 787 airplanes delivered to date. “It’s terrific to see two BBJ 787s deliver within a week,” said Capt. Steve Taylor, president, Boeing Business Jets. “The…

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Community welcomes F-35 European members

Posted  February 5, 2014

Civ-Mil and businesses from around the Antelope Valley welcomed European families stationed at Edwards Air Force Base that are assigned to the F-35 Joint Operational Test and Evaluation program during a ‘meet and greet’ mixer the Larry Chibole Cultural Center in Palmdale, Calif.

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High school students learn STEM applications during outreach tour

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Students in Desert High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program get up-close-and-personal with a hypersonic decelerator test article undergoing structural loads tests in NASA Dryden’s Flight Loads laboratory. About 30 students from Desert, Antelope Valley and Lancaster High Schools and several of their teachers got a first-hand…

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