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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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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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Future USS Minnesota successfully completes sea trials

Posted  May 17, 2013

Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN 783), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, moored May 16 at Huntington Ingalls Industry's Newport News Shipbuilding following its successful completion of Alpha and Bravo sea trials.

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U.S. airmen train with Polish air force

Posted  May 17, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh Members of the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, arrive at Lask Air Base, Poland, for Aviation Detachment Rotation 13-2, May 9, 2013. More than 100 Airmen will be working with the Polish air force for the first F-16 fighter aircraft rotation and second overall this year….

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Company with DC-10 tankers leaving California for Wyoming

Posted  May 17, 2013

A California company that operates two large, jet-powered air tankers for fighting wildfires is moving from California to Wyoming. Victorville, Calif.,-based 10 Tanker Air Carrier operates two Boeing DC-10 passenger planes it has modified to drop up to 11,600 gallons of fire-retardant slurry. That’s about four times the capacity of the next-biggest large air tankers…

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Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation on orbit

Posted  May 17, 2013

With the May 125 launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

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NASA extends environmental testing, integration services contract at Goddard

Posted  May 17, 2013

NASA has extended a contract with Analex Corporation of Fairfax, Va., for Environmental Testing and Integration Services at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This extension increases the maximum ordering value of the cost-plus award-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract by $81.1 million to $328.1 million. The period of performance is from May 15…

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