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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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BRAC: Paring Army infrastructure would sharpen warfighters’ edge

Posted  March 18, 2013

Reducing the Army's infrastructure footprint would result in more money for training, modernization and personnel said a top Army official.

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Aerojet announces successful requalification of Its Delta II AJ10-118K second stage engine

Posted  March 18, 2013

Aerojet’s Delta II second stage engine, the AJ10-118K, successfully passed a requalification test of its ablative chamber at Aerojet’s J4 altitude simulation test facility in Sacramento. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The intent of the requalification program was to replace the asbestos insulator material with a readily-available and environmentally-friendly alternative. The three-burn hot fire test…

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‘No delays in burials’ despite budget cuts at Arlington

Posted  March 18, 2013

Army photograph by David Vergun A visitor to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., uses a free web-based app, which allows families and the public to locate gravesites, events and points of interest throughout the cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery staff won’t be furloughed “so there will be no delays in burials,” but needed infrastructure improvements are on…

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NASA’s Webb Telescope gets its wings

Posted  March 18, 2013

A massive backplane that will hold the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope nearly motionless while it peers into space is another step closer to completion with the recent assembly of the support structure’s wings. The wings enable the mirror, made of 18 pieces of beryllium, to fold up and fit inside a…

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Bombers show U.S. resolve to defend South Korea, spokesman says

Posted  March 18, 2013

It isn’t just American capabilities in South Korea that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has to consider – capabilities based outside South Korea also figure in the strategic calculus, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 18. In a meeting with reporters, Little said B-52 Stratofortresses based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flew…

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Raytheon helps Missile Defense Agency counter ballistic missile threat with delivery of 8th AN/TPY-2 radar

Posted  March 18, 2013

Raytheon has delivered its eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to the Missile Defense Agency in support of the U.S. combatant commands. An integral capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, AN/TPY-2 is a mobile, X-band phased-array radar that helps protect the U.S., deployed forces, and America’s friends and allies by searching, acquiring and tracking threat ballistic missiles…

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at higher production rate

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. Boeing is in the process…

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Nellis pilot first reservist to fly F-35

Posted  March 18, 2013

Air Force photograph Maj. Joseph Scholtz, (right) 706th Fighter Squadron operational test pilot, salutes Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, upon completion of his first training sortie in the F-35 II Lightning here Oct. 30, 2012. Scholtz is a reservist assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as the installation’s first qualified F-35 pilot….

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Europe remains strategically vital to U.S.

Posted  March 18, 2013

The top U.S. commander in Europe emphasized the importance of NATO and the United Statesí forward presence in Europe, while acknowledging that he continues to prod the allies to meet their financial defense commitments. Europe continues to matter greatly for the United States, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and supreme…

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Boeing 747-8 serves 100th airport

Posted  March 18, 2013

The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait March 17.

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