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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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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Cubic Defense Systems awarded ACMI contract from Japan Air Self-Defense Forces

Posted  January 22, 2014

Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced Jan. 21 it received contracts valued at more than $12 million to supply additional rangeless Air Combat Training System equipment to the Japan Air Self Defense Forces. Cubics ACTS is a leading-edge system used for training fighter pilots in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat tactics. Using the…

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Boeing, GECAS announce order for 20 737 MAXs, 20 Next-Generation 737s

Posted  January 22, 2014

Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, announced Jan. 20 an order for 40 737s. The order, valued at $3.9 billion at list prices, consists of 20 737 MAX 8s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, booked in 2013, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer…

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Boeing joins new BIOjet Abu Dhabi team to grow biofuel supply chain in UAE

Posted  January 22, 2014

Boeing, Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced Jan. 19 they will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates. BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability will engage a broad range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive framework for…

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U.S. Air Force receives first B-1 equipped with Boeing Integrated Battle Station

Posted  January 22, 2014

Boeing photograph The U.S. Air Force on Jan. 21 received the first B-1 bomber upgraded with the Boeing Integrated Battle Station, which essentially turns the B-1 into a new aircraft with the addition of full color displays, moving maps and a new diagnostics system. The upgrade, the most extensive modification program in B-1 history, enhances…

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Conferences and Events – February 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Feb. 2-6 – 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Ga. http://annual.ametsoc.org/2014/ Feb. 2-7 – Aspen Winter Conference 2014: Unveiling the Formation of Massive Galaxies – Theoretical and Observational Challenges, Ann Arbor, Mich. https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/massive-galaxies-aspen-2014/ Feb. 3-5 – Conference: Vesta in the Light of Dawn, Houston, Texas www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/vesta2014/ Feb. 3-6 – Workshop: Exoplanet Observations with the…

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NASA receives Mars 2020 rover instrument proposals for evaluation

Posted  January 22, 2014

NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency’s next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine…

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Proud pathfinders CSULB graduates 18 engineers from the Antelope Valley program

Posted  January 22, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Eighteen engineering students graduated from the first California State University Long Beach Antelope Valley Engineering Program Dec. 19. The school will only admit 25 electrical and 25 mechanical engineers per school year, giving students personal attention and instruction. Students who desired to work in the aerospace industry were offered jobs…

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Officials release report on F-15 accident near Kadena AB

Posted  January 22, 2014

Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21 of its investigation into a May 28, 2013, F-15C Eagle aircraft accident that occurred east of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident. The accident investigation board found clear and convincing evidence the cause of…

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ATK awarded composite components contract for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Posted  January 22, 2014

ATK was selected by Boeing for a contract, beginning immediately, to produce substructural composite components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “This is a great win for ATK that builds on our commitment and proven success of providing affordable innovation and customer satisfaction,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK Aerospace Group. “This work scope adds to…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system

Posted  January 22, 2014

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company’s Dragon spacecraft’s parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated…

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