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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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NASA selects Explorer projects to probe Earth’s upper atmosphere

Posted  April 15, 2013

NASA has selected a new satellite mission and a new space-based instrument to begin development as part of the agency’s Heliophysics Explorer Program. The projects will provide space observations to study Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere. The Ionospheric Connection (ICON) mission, led by Thomas Immel of the University of California, Berkeley, will probe the extreme variability…

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Boeing successfully completes first flight of newest U.K. Chinook helicopter

Posted  April 15, 2013

Boeing recently completed the first flight of the newest CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. The March 15 flight, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, Penn., happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook. “This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the…

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Refined precision-guided parachutes may be cure-all for overburdened soldier

Posted  April 15, 2013

A fully equipped soldier may carry anywhere from 50 to 120 pounds on his or her back in theater. Refinements to precision-guided parachutes may reduce that load - if the Army can just convince soldiers it can provide supplies to them as needed.

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Colombian Army contracts for two additional S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters

Posted  April 15, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. announced April 10 at the LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition that the Colombian Army has contracted to buy two additional S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters. The two aircraft will augment five S-70i helicopters that arrived Jan. 30 in Colombia to join the Special Forces of the Colombian…

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Secretary of the Navy names multiple ships

Posted  April 15, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12 the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels, the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary…

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Pratt and Whitney PurePower® Engine for Airbus A320neo successfully completes ground test program: Prepares for first flight tests

Posted  April 15, 2013

The first Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft has successfully completed ground testing at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., test facility. The engine completed over 120 hours of testing, validating overall engine operation and fuel efficiency. The engine will next undergo flight testing on the company’s experimental…

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NASA announces challenges for 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted  April 15, 2013

NASA and more than 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space. NASA and its partners have…

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Headlines April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Business BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing’s AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon.   Defense Pentagon weapons spending to be 4.5 percent less than earlier Pentagon weapons spending through 2017 will be $20.6 billion, or 4.5 percent, less…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

China’s president visits key southern naval base Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited a key naval base in an island province in the disputed South China Sea in his latest move advertising his close ties to the military. Xi reviewed vessels and troops April 11 before boarding an ultra-modern amphibious ship and submarine. Dressed in…

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Space Command’s ops chief discusses new war fighter role

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christopher Boitz Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein discusses Gen. William Shelton’s new role as commander, Air Force Forces for space and cyber, how Air Force Space Command is transforming to meet that responsibility, and what this role means to the war fighter. Weinstein, Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Air…

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