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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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NASA successfully launches three smart phone satellites

Posted  April 22, 2013

Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The trio of “PhoneSats” is operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space. The goal of NASA’s PhoneSat mission…

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Senate confirms Fanning as next Air Force under secretary

Posted  April 22, 2013

Eric Fanning will be the next Air Force under secretary, according to a Senate confirmation vote April 18.

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Army, universities partner for aviation research

Posted  April 22, 2013

Photograph by Merv Brokke Auburn University mascot Aubie learns how to hand-launch an RQ-11A Raven with engineer Daniel Hiatt, holding a Puma, during a 2012 visit to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. College students conducting research into remotely piloted unmanned aerial systems are testing their…

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Report: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases

Posted  April 22, 2013

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences test launches Antares rocket

Posted  April 22, 2013

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Antares rocket clears the launch pad on its way to orbit. NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation April 21 launched its Antares rocket at 5 p.m. ,EDT, from the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The…

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AF leaders highlight space program successes, address fiscal 2014 budget

Posted  April 22, 2013

Space today is in as good a position as it’s been in a very long time, said Richard McKinney, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space. McKinney, along with Dr. Jamie Morin, the acting under secretary of the Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Robert McMurry, the director of space programs for the…

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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer

Posted  April 22, 2013

Raytheon has delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard…

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A tribute to the Doolittle Raiders

Posted  April 22, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Doolittle Raiders, Col. Dick Cole, Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, salute during the National Anthem at the 33rd Fighter Wing hangar dedication in honor of Saylor April 17, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. After unveiling the plaque with his name on it,…

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NASA’s Kepler discovers its smallest ‘habitable zone’ planets to date

Posted  April 22, 2013

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the “habitable zone,” the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. The Kepler-62 system has five planets; 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has…

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ATK awarded DARPA study contract

Posted  April 22, 2013

ATK was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va. for the Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements program. SeeMe seeks to develop enabling technologies to provide reliable surveillance data to the war fighter in the field, using small, low-cost satellites that are launched quickly to support the…

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