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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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News Briefs April 22, 2013

Posted  April 22, 2013

Yemen officials: U.S. drone kills two militants Yemeni army officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed two suspected al Qaeda militants east of the capital, sparking a retaliatory attack on a military checkpoint. It’s the third suspected U.S. drone strike in less than a week in Yemen. The officials in Marib province say at…

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Space station communications test bed checks out; experiments begin

Posted  April 24, 2013

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station. The SCaN test bed is an advanced, integrated communications laboratory facility that uses a new generation of software-defined radio technology to allow researchers to develop, test and demonstrate advanced communications, networking and navigation technologies…

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VA launches hotline for health care, women veteran questions

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline – 1-855-VA-WOMEN to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The service began accepting calls March 27. “Some women veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to…

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Advanced cockpit ground control station flies Predator C Avenger

Posted  April 24, 2013

Next-generation GCS successfully integrates flagship, advanced Predator platforms General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 24 that it has successfully demonstrated its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Stationís capability to fly Predator C Avenger. The flight occurred Nov. 15, 2012, at the companyís Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GAASI is a leading manufacturer…

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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted  April 24, 2013

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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Unwanted Gear: Congress slows military efforts to save

Posted  April 24, 2013

Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them. So, in the weeks and months ahead, crews will tow…

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NASA announces 2012 small business industry awards

Posted  April 24, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden April 23 recognized three companies as winners of the agency’s 2012 Small Business Industry Awards. The Small Business Industry Award Program highlights a large business prime contractor, a small business prime contractor and a small business subcontractor for outstanding support to NASA in achieving the agency’s mission during the fiscal year….

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U.S.-Australia agreement promotes space situational awareness

Posted  April 24, 2013

A new agreement made between the United States and Australia represents the first in what U.S. Strategic Commandís commander hopes will be many that promote transparency in the space domain. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler signed the agreement on behalf of the United States, short-cutting the process for the Australian government to request data…

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Northrop Grumman-developed multifunction advanced data link achieves successful flight test milestone for F-35 program

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman was successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program flight test, validating an eight-year development effort to advance communication among fifth-generation aircraft. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link. It allows coordinated tactics and engagement to bring significant operational advantages…

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