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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 tests new parachutes with latest body armor

Posted  March 25, 2013

The Army is one step closer to marrying body armor and parachutes thanks to recent test jumps with a select few paratroopers here. In February, the Bragg-based Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate trained two-dozen scout paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, how to properly wear the new T-11 parachute…

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Raytheon consolidates businesses and announces key executive roles

Posted  March 25, 2013

Raytheon announced March 25 that it is consolidating its businesses to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. The Raytheon Company structure will consist of four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, resulting from the combination of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Raytheon Technical Services businesses; and the Integrated Defense…

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Planck mission brings universe into sharp focus

Posted  March 25, 2013

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck’s science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted  March 25, 2013

The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and…

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Northrop Grumman introduces new aircraft attitude, heading reference system for retrofit market

Posted  March 25, 2013

Northrop Grumman is introducing its new LCR-200 Attitude and Heading Reference System, based on micro-electromechanical systems technology, at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s International Convention and Trade Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from March 25-28. The LCR-200, which provides navigation information regarding an aircraft’s position, heading and attitude, features a high-performance, MEMS-based inertial measurement…

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New space station crew members to launch, dock the same day

Posted  March 25, 2013

Three new crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station on a six-hour flight to travel from the launch pad to their destination. Chris Cassidy of NASA, along with Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur…

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NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted  March 25, 2013

NASA is extending its contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., for 36 months. The option the agency chose to exercise has a total estimated value of $76 million and extends the period of…

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Lockheed Martin’s EAPS completes auccessful miniature hit-to-kill interceptor flight fest

Posted  March 25, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Extended Area Protection and Survivability program successfully conducted the first Guided Test Flight to characterize the seeker, guidance, navigation and control systems of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor. The very small and agile interceptor is designed to defeat Rocket, Artillery and Mortar targets at ranges greatly exceeding those of current systems. The test was…

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Congress reviews reserve forces equipment needs

Posted  March 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by Col. Bob Thompson Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, joined other Reserve and National Guard senior leaders on Capitol Hill March 19 to testify and answer questions. Jackson, who also commands Air Force Reserve Command, and the other senior leaders spoke about the need to update and…

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Headlines: March 25, 2013

Posted  March 25, 2013

Business Boeing sets initial 787 check flight, NTSB plans forum Boeing said it plans a two-hour flight of a company-owned 787 airliner March 25 to be followed by ground and flight certification tests of proposed changes to the 787’s lithium ion batteries in coming days. Stop-gap spending measure funds MEADS missile defense A stop-gap spending…

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