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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Army supports president’s request for 2015 BRAC round

Posted  May 17, 2013

As the Army cuts the number of soldiers in its ranks, there will be an excess of infrastructure in place that used to support those soldiers. Maintaining that extra unused infrastructure could mean other critical Army programs will suffer, said a senior official. “A future round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC, in the…

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Missile defense system completes successful intercept test

Posted  May 17, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency and Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system May 15, Pentagon officials reported. In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over…

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Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 takes out complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target

Posted  May 17, 2013

A Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile’s discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space. “Combatant commanders…

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Australia renews interest in MQ-4C Triton UAS

Posted  May 17, 2013

The Australian Ministers for Defence and Defence Materiel announced May 15 that the government of Australia will enter into a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) planning case with the U.S. Navy for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System.

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Air Force Reserve submits construction plans to Senate

Posted  May 17, 2013

U.S. Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad testifies during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, May 15, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Active and Reserve Component leaders testified to the subcommittee about the fiscal 2014 President’s Budget request and…

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Lockheed Martin’s second generation Aegis BMDS successfully intercepts ballistic missile target

Posted  May 17, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system achieved its fourth intercept since May 2012. The system successfully launched and guided a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missile to engage a sophisticated, separating short-range ballistic missile target. During the Missile Defense Agency test, U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS Lake Erie (CG-70) used the Aegis BMD…

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NASA satellite data help pinpoint glaciersí role in sea level rise

Posted  May 17, 2013

Photograph by Frank Paul, University of Zurich The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland is the largest valley glacier in the Alps and it has been losing mass since the mid-19th century. A new study using data from two NASA satellites found that glaciers like this one lost an average of 571 trillion pounds of ice per…

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Boeing selected to build ViaSat-2 satellite

Posted  May 17, 2013

Boeing has a new satellite customer under a contract to design and deliver one Boeing 702HP high-power spacecraft to ViaSat Inc. in 2016.

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F-35A successfully completes high angle of attack testing

Posted  May 17, 2013

The latest in a series of Lockheed Martin F-35A high angle of attack testing was recently completed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  The testing accomplished high AOA beyond both the positive and negative maximum command limits, including intentionally putting the aircraft out of control in several configurations. This included initially flying in the stealth…

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NASA’s asteroid sample return mission moves into development

Posted  May 17, 2013

NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review May 15 called Key Decision Point-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft’s continuation into…

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