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Boeing receives first order for 502 Phoenix small satellite

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received its first commercial order for the 502 Phoenix small satellite from HySpecIQ of Washington, D.C. The satellites will carry the commercial remote sensing industry’s first high-resolution hyperspectral payload, capable of providing spectral imaging fidelity that far exceeds what is currently available. Boeing will deliver a complete satellite system…

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C-17 crew gets Army Strykers into the ‘fight’

Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces, a capability demonstrated during Steadfast Javelin II, a large-scale, joint, multinational exercise held on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.

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Hubble finds supernova companion star after two decades of searching

Image courtesy of NASA/Maria-Jose ViÒas This is an artist’s impression of supernova 1993J, which exploded in the galaxy M81. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the blue helium-burning companion star, seen at the center of the expanding nebula of debris from the supernova. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion…

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Navy integrates common software into next-generation unmanned carrier-based system

Navy photograph Navy flight test pilot demonstrates functionality of new software for the future Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike system at the program’s Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. lab. NAVAIR engineers recently installed new software for the Navyís Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) systemís control station at the programís Naval Air…

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U.S. government gives green light to Lockheed Martin team’s JLTV production plans

The Lockheed Martin Team’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program successfully completed the government’s Production Readiness Review at the company’s Camden, Ark., Ground Vehicle Assembly facility. During the PRR event, the team assembled a JLTV on its production line to further demonstrate production readiness. The PRR was an intense evaluation of Lockheed Martin’s JLTV production…


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Honeywell Aerospace expands global network of distributors for condition-based maintenance systems

Posted  March 11, 2013

Honeywell recently announced a new global network of Condition-Based Maintenance Systems distributors. The network agreements, effective Jan. 1, 2013, include previous CBMS distributors ó Diagnostic Solutions, Derco, Hope Aero, Eurotech, Kaigai, Master Tech, Merlinhawk, Telemeter and Vibratech ó and new distributors Beijing Andawell Science & Technology in China and Transworld Aviation in the United Arab…

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W.H. Smith Company completes acquisition of military system assets of LaBarge Products

Posted  March 11, 2013

    W.H. Smith Company, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality hose assemblies and systems as well as load securing and material handling products for the U.S. Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace, completed the acquisition of certain intellectual property and related assets from LaBarge Products, Inc. Based in St. Louis, Mo., LaBarge…

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First F-35 with Marietta-built center wing flown

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel Delcueto The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time last week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the…

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F-35 Lightning IIs arrive at Nellis AFB

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by A1C Jason Couillard A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II lands March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the aircraft will be used for development test support, force development evaluation and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards…

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Second F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of F-35 production facility

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Arbogast The second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility March 2. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff…

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Sequestration impacts ripple across Air Force

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force senior leaders issued updated guidance to leaders of Air Force major commands and addressed the service’s airmen last week on how the service will operate under sequestration and a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year. Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin and Air Force Vice Chief…

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NASA mission helps craft 3-D image of buried Mars flood channels

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

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Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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Boeing, KLM demonstrate new technologies to optimize flight

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have begun a series of commercial flights that will demonstrate how several advanced technologies, fuels and concepts can significantly improve operational efficiency, save fuel and reduce carbon and noise emissions. The technology demonstration encompasses all aspects of an aircraft’s flight – preflight, takeoff, cruise, descent and post-landing. The first…

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Amplified greenhouse effects shifts northís growing season

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA image courtesy of Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Of the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed…

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