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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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Astronomers use Hubble images for movies featuring space slinky

Posted  August 23, 2013

Astronomers have assembled, from more than 13 years of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a series of time-lapse movies showing a jet of superheated gas – 5,000 light-years long – as it is ejected from a supermassive black hole. The movies promise to give astronomers a better understanding of how black holes shape galaxy…

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ATK delivers backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted  August 23, 2013

ATK has shipped the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Marshall Space Flight Center, completing an important milestone for the most powerful space telescope ever to be built.

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U.S. military will remain strong despite budget cuts, Hagel tells Hawaii Marines

Posted  August 23, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Marines and sailors in Hawaii Aug. 22 that despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world’s best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them. Hagel kicked off a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia with a troop talk at Marine Corps…

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NASA selects advanced research, technology contract

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association of Columbia, Md., to support research and technology efforts at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $65 million during a 4 1/2-year performance period beginning Oct. 1. USRA will support applied research in Glenn’s core competencies…

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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  August 23, 2013

Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The event comes less than two months after the KC-46 program began to…

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Retired NASA astronaut, research test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies

Posted  August 23, 2013

C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76.

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UTC Aerospace Systems to supply landing gear for Boeing 737 MAX

Posted  August 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to manufacture landing gear for the new Boeing 737 MAX. The contract calls for UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nose and main landing gear in addition to the main gear side struts. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems will…

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NASA partner completes second Dream Chaser captive-carry test

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser spacecraft Aug. 22, at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s third C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  August 23, 2013

  LONG BEACH, Calif. – The third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter for the Indian Air Force departed for India Aug. 20 from the company’s Long Beach, Calif., facility. It joins the first and second India C-17 airlifters, which arrived in June and July, respectively. Boeing is on track to deliver two more C-17s to…

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NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

Posted  August 23, 2013

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration…

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