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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Navy kickback mastermind seeks shorter prison term The mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is asking a judge to sentence him to a split term of prison and community service, rather than the more than 10 years behind bars that prosecutors are seeking. Ralph M. Mariano is set to be…

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U.S., Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore missile defense complex

Posted  November 1, 2013

Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground OCt. 28 on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance’s collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second stage of the three-part European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic…

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Business

Standard Missile-3 IIA completes Critical Design Review

Posted  November 1, 2013

Raytheon and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, have completed the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile Critical Design Review. The CDR verified that the missile’s design will meet the stringent, specific operational performance requirements necessary to defeat the projected threats. The SM-3 Block IIA will defeat incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them…

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F-35A conducts first live fire with AMRAAM

Posted  November 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30. The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30….

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Space

NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted  November 1, 2013

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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Veterans

Secretary of State announces public-private veterans partnership

Posted  November 1, 2013

As Veterans Day approaches, Secretary of State John F. Kerry Oct. 31 announced a new public-private partnership intended to help veterans find international employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. “The Veterans Innovation Partnership, VIP as we are calling it, is not about just what the State Department can do for veterans, it’s really…

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Brains behind the QF-16 spearhead AF aerial target drone program

Posted  November 1, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Jeff Gibson, Government Team Lead and Jeff Stebbins, Gulf Range Drone Control System contractor and QF-16 Integration Team Lead operate the software their 15-man team developed for the Air Force’s newest aerial target drone. The console they operate in their lab at Eglin is replicated in the field…

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Navy’s new Fire Scout unmanned helicopter takes its first flight

Posted  November 1, 2013

The Navy’s newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Oct. 31 at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.

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Business

Boeing to increase 737 production rate in 2017

Posted  November 1, 2013

Boeing announced Oct. 31 that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010. “We’re taking…

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Events

Upcoming Events – November 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Nov. 3-8 – Third International Conference on Storms, Substorms, and Space Weather, Shenzhen, China Nov. 3-8 – 29th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research/5th International Symposium for Physical Sciences in Space, Orlando, Fla. Nov. 4-5 – New Particle Physics Symposium Europe-2013: Higgs Boson to LHC, Neutrinos, Cosmos and Beyond, Cambridge, United Kingdom Nov. 4-5…

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