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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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NASA encourages public to explore its curiosity with new rover-themed badge on Foursquare

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium….

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Through an Airman’s Eyes

Posted  January 4, 2013

Capt. Patrick Williams, the new Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration pilot, practiced some maneuvers recently to give crowds worldwide a taste of both the Raptor's, and the Air Force's, capabilities.

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense contracts

Posted  January 4, 2013

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Dec. 31 that it was awarded various contracts by the Israel Ministry of Defense, in a number of fields of activity for a total value of approximately $315 million. The contracts relate to the following areas: Avionics S ystems : battle management systems and avionics for helicopters, virtual training for the…

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NASA green aviation project to move into next phase of research

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project is moving forward with its research efforts to “green” the skies. ERA is developing aircraft concepts and technologies to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment during the next 30 years. Fay Collier, ERA project manager based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will unveil the…

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Texas spaceport backers look to state for help

Posted  January 4, 2013

Texas space aficionados hope rockets will someday be launched into orbit from a beachside site near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a tight state budget and a previously frustrated attempt to land such a spaceport could complicate efforts. Backers of a proposal to build a launch site at Boca Chica Beach, about 25 miles east of…

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Senate confirms Clarke as Air National Guard Chief

Posted  January 4, 2013

Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. "Sid" Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and 1st Air Force, has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next director of the Air National Guard.

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Panetta thanks Congress, seeks end to sequestration

Posted  January 4, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his gratitude to U.S. lawmakers for delaying sequestration and voiced optimism for finding a permanent way to avoid an additional $500 billion in budget cuts. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, I want to express our thanks to the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who voted to…

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President signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

Posted  January 4, 2013

President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law Jan. 2. The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background. The…

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Boeing 737 MAX gets milestone order from Aviation Capital Group

Posted  January 4, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 2 an order by Aviation Capital Group (ACG) for 60 737 MAX airplanes. ACG's order, consisting of 50 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s, was finalized in December 2012.

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Posted  December 28, 2012

Business Problems with new 787 Dreamliner continue to plague Boeing;     Technology The amazing moment an unmanned rocket was launched thousands of feet into the air and landed in its original position; What are the health risks of space travel?; U.K. government to fund research into grapheme uses;     International China’s Beidou GPS-substitute…

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