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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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Endeavour final ferry flight memento presentation

Posted  March 13, 2013

Photograph courtesy of John Mlynar, City of Palmdale James Ledford (center), mayor of the City of Palmdale, Calif., holds an American flag and a plaque containing pins representing NASA and Palmdale that were presented to the city at a recent Palmdale City Council meeting by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center representatives Katrina Emery (left) and…

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Navy LED bulb illuminates possibilities for industry

Posted  March 13, 2013

The Navy recently developed a dimmable light-emitting diode bulb that has the potential to improve products in the aircraft and automotive industries.

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Grasshopper completes highest leap to date

Posted  March 13, 2013

Grasshopper completes highest leap to date March 7, 2013, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 262.8 feet, hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of…

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NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars

Posted  March 13, 2013

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale…

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MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

Posted  March 13, 2013

After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour…

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Navy’s first littoral combat ship visit Pearl Harbor

Posted  March 13, 2013

Navy photograph by PO3 Diana Quinlan The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit during a deployment to the Asia Pacific region. LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare or…

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News Briefs March 13, 2013

Posted  March 13, 2013

Black Hawk crash kills five troops in Kandahar A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said March 12. The March 11 crash brought the total number of U.S. troops killed that day to seven, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces so far this year. Two U.S. special…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

Posted  March 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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NASA astronaut Lee Archambault leaving agency

Posted  March 15, 2013

NASA astronaut Lee Archambault is leaving the agency, ending a 15-year career that included more than 27 days in space, including a flight as commander of space shuttle Discovery. Archambault will join Sierra Nevada Corp. as a systems engineer and test pilot. He will work on the company’s Dream Chaser Space System, being developed in…

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Aerojet SM-3 Block IB TDACS completes qualification testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Aerojet has completed Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System qualification testing with the successful altitude hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The final TDACS qualification unit was altitude tested at Aerojet’s…

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