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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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ONR provides blueprint for controlling all military unmanned systems

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Office of Naval Research has developed something similar to a master remote control for military ground, air and undersea unmanned systems that will work across the services, as outlined in a new video released, May 2. This Office of the Secretary of Defense prescribed data model is a piece of software that enabled development…

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Hagel to make furlough decion soon, press secretary says

Posted  May 3, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 1. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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Air Force awards KC-46A aircrew training system contract

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Air Force awarded a contract to FlightSafety Services Corporation on May 1, taking a major step forward in achieving the service’s top acquisition priority – delivering a new aerial refueling capability to the warfighter. The contract, a Fixed Price Incentive Firm and Firm Fixed Price contract of $78,369,818 which includes an initial obligation of…

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News Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

NASA, Navy sign agreement on carrier landings The Navy will pay NASA nearly $2 million a year to conduct field carrier landing practice at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Using the facility will allow the Navy to stop sending some Norfolk-based squadrons to Jacksonville, Fla. to conduct practice there. NASA announced details…

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Headlines May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

News Solar-powered plane takes off for cross-country flight The first plane that can fly day and night powered only by the sun May 3 began a transcontinental journey that will reach Washington by mid-June. Solar Impulse, which lifted off from this World War II-era airfield shortly after 6 a.m., PDT, has room for only one…

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C-130 squadron first to perform new airdrop method

Posted  May 6, 2013

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides.

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NASA partners with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab

Posted  May 6, 2013

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Innovative Partnerships Office in Greenbelt, Md., has entered into a Space Act Agreement with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, North Logan, Utah, to develop a high-resolution optical encoder. The partnership, funded by SDL through a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, allows for the joint development of a high-resolution cryogenic optical…

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Three Fairchild Airmen perish in KC-135 crash

Posted  May 6, 2013

Three airmen from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron based at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., tragically perished May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker. The crew and aircraft were assigned to the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.   The deceased are: Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, hometown of…

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NATO secretary general warns Europe on defense cuts

Posted  May 6, 2013

– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned May 6 that further cuts in defense spending by European nations risk reducing the continent’s defense and security to “hot air,” turning the alliance into what he called a “global spectator” rather than a real force on the world stage. “The only way to avoid this is…

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Eglin AFB munitions unit creates ammo linker for AFSOC

Posted  May 6, 2013

A new, lighter, mobile 30 mm ammo linker system is set for delivery to Air Force Special Operations Command units at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in May.

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