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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford Business

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Space

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Defense

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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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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Air Force Memorial launches new Website

Posted  March 27, 2013

The Air Force Association recently announced the launch of the new Air Force Memorial website: www.airforcememorial.org. The website has undergone a total redesign to better provide people with information about visiting the memorial, hosting an event, accessing its heritage archives, leaving a tribute for a friend or a family member, and much more. “We encourage…

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Business

AAR ramps up parts availability in Europe

Posted  March 27, 2013

AAR, a global leader in the supply and repair of component parts for the aviation industry, is expanding its parts inventory for the European market, reducing lead times and shipping costs for its customers. The companyís main distribution center in Amsterdam will carry an increased stock of high-demand airframe and engine-related components, along with bulky,…

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NASA awards environmental compliance, operations contract

Posted  March 27, 2013

NASA has selected Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tenn., to provide environmental compliance and restoration services at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. The White Sands Test Facility Environmental Compliance and Operations (ECO) contract calls for a two-year base period beginning June 1 and extending through May 31,…

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Defense

Improvements extend C-5 life

Posted  March 27, 2013

Air Force photograph by A1C Ashlin Federick A Dewar tank sits in a C-5M Super Galaxy that is being worked on at the isochronal maintenance dock March 26, 2013, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Using Air Force Smart Operations of the 21st Century, Airmen from Dover AFB upgraded the tank to improve the reliability…

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XCOR Aerospace announces significant propulsion milestone on Lynx suborbital vehicle

Posted  March 27, 2013

XCOR Aerospace March 26 announced a first in aviation and space history, the firing of a full piston pump-powered rocket engine.

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States compete to become FAA drone test sites

Posted  March 27, 2013

It’s the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space. Capitalizing on Southern California’s aerospace fortunes, two rival groups want to add another laurel: drone test range. They face crowded competition. In search of an…

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Marine Corps prepares for Quadrennial Review Process

Posted  March 27, 2013

The Marine Corps enters the Quadrennial Defense Review process confident that examination will show the Marines’ trajectory is on the right track, the Marine Corps’ representative to the process said March 25. At a Defense Writers Group roundtable, Maj. Gen. Kenneth F. “Frank” McKenzie Jr. noted that the Marine Corps is a naval force and…

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Northrop Grumman introduces advanced high-res sensors for Hawk Air Defense System

Posted  March 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman has launched its Fourth Generation Tracking Adjunct Sensor, the latest upgrade to the company’s range of high-resolution electro-optical/infrared sensors for the Hawk air defense system. Northrop Grumman’s 4G TAS, the only approved EO/IR upgrade available to Hawk customers worldwide, detects and tracks low, fast targets both day and night and passes them to…

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Future of U.K. helicopter search and rescue agreed

Posted  March 27, 2013

Crown Copyright 2013 A Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter from 22 Squadron during the rescue of an injured fisherman from the French trawler Alf (left) in the Irish Sea. The United Kingdomís Department for Transport announced March 26 the signing of a £1.6 billion contract to provide the U.K.’s search and rescue helicopter…

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