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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Quantico shooting incident leaves three Marines dead

Posted  March 22, 2013

Three active-duty Marines are dead after a shooting incident that began late last night (March 21) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. One of the dead was the shooter, who died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. The names of the dead are being withheld, pending notification of their families. The base provost…

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NASA awards contract modification for support At Michoud Assembly Facility

Posted  March 22, 2013

NASA has signed a one-year contract option with Jacobs Technology, Inc., of New Orleans to continue manufacturing support and facilities operations at the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The one-year contract option begins on May 1. The contract is a performance-based, cost-plus-award-fee, mission services contract with an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity portion. With the exercise…

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First international student pilot flies F-35

Posted  March 22, 2013

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19.

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New Space Innovation Center to help government agencies ‘launch’ future space missions

Posted  March 22, 2013

The EDGE® Innovation Network announced March 22 that the new EDGE Space Innovation Center is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Housed within the General Dynamics’ Seabrook, Md., facility, the 13th and newest EDGE Innovation Center is less than two miles from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. General Dynamics C4 Systems…

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Airbus delivers 100th A380

Posted  March 22, 2013

Malaysia Airlines and Airbus together marked a major achievement March 14, with the hand-over of the 100th A380 to MAS at Airbus’ Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS. “We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Congress spares military’s tuition aid program Congress has spared the military’s tuition assistance program from the budget knife. The House cleared a bill March 21 to keep the government running. It includes a provision reversing the decision by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to suspend the program. Faced with some $43 billion in…

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Headlines: March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

News Senator: Time to change military force law The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said March 20 that Congress should overhaul the 2001 authorization for the use of military force to encompass the use of drones for targeted killings.   Business Beechcraft moves LAS fight to courts, Congress Beechcraft has escalated its…

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NASA beings new season of Arctic ice science flights

Posted  March 25, 2013

NASA’s Operation IceBridge scientists have begun another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland completed on Wednesday. A specially equipped P-3B research aircraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., is operating out of airfields in Thule and…

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AAR receives FAA repair station certification for New Mexico facility

Posted  March 25, 2013

AAR has received FAA Repair Station Certification for a local facility dedicated to maintaining the U.S. Department of Energyís National Nuclear Security Administration fleet of aircraft. The step enables the NNSA, which serves a vital role in national security, to comply with its specific FAA requirements, and it allows AARís Albuquerque team to operate as…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA cargo ready for return to Earth

Posted  March 25, 2013

More than three weeks after arriving at the International Space Station, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft is ready for the trip back to Earth, now scheduled for March 26. Dragon’s originally scheduled March 25 return date was postponed due to inclement weather developing near its targeted splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean….

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