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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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‘Sentient data’ may one day augment Soldier capability

"Sentient data" that can feel and perceive things might one day protect Soldiers and their networks, a leading scientist said.

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New lab opens at Lockheed Martin’s Silicon Valley site

Lockheed Martin has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Silicon Valley for the development of next-generation seekers that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency defend against increasingly complex missile threats.

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AEDC conducts space environment test for U.S. Navy

The Space and Missiles Combined Test Force at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex recently completed its first Space Threat Assessment Test & Evaluation for the U.S. Navy.


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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  September 30, 2013

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The station’s Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft – loaded with about 1,300 pounds of cargo – berthed at…

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DOD spells out closure contingency plan guidance

Posted  September 30, 2013

DOD officials Sept. 27 issued guidance to the force in the event appropriations lapse Oct. 1 and a government shutdown results. Officials emphasize they still hope Congress can avoid that but say it is prudent to take such steps. The eight-page document gives basic guidance to commanders and directors on how to handle everything from…

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Boeing, Alaska Airlines announce order for five Next-Generation 737-900ERs

Posted  September 30, 2013

Boeing and Alaska Airlines announced Sept. 30 an order for five additional Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range).

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Hagel issues message to workforce as potential shutdown looms

Posted  September 30, 2013

With a government shutdown possible in the absence of federal funding beyond fiscal 2013, which ends at midnight tonight, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sept. 30 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: As you know, the government’s annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have…

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Astronauts Chamitoff, Garan depart NASA

Posted  September 30, 2013

NASA astronauts Gregory Chamitoff and Ronald Garan are leaving the agency. Chamitoff is joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Garan will work on a range of new entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts. “Greg and Ron will certainly be missed by the Astronaut Office,” said…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds ingredient of household plastic in space

Posted  September 30, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite…

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Headlines September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

News: Airplanes fly as mail delivered even if government shuts – Planes will still fly and land safely with the aid of federal air traffic controllers even if Congress can’t reach a deal to fund the federal government. FBI agents will investigate crimes, mail will be delivered, Social Security checks and Medicare payments will go out…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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Bold Quest testing coalition capabilities for future

Posted  September 27, 2013

More than 1,000 coalition forces from 12 allied nations gathered at five training centers across Indiana to participate in Bold Quest 13.2, Sept. 8-21.

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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted  September 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino   A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 25. The Super Hercules aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command and will be based at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The Commando…

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