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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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NASA renames radiation belt mission to honor pioneering scientist

Posted  November 14, 2012

NASA has renamed a recently launched mission that studies Earth’s radiation belts as the Van Allen Probes in honor of the late James Van Allen. Van Allen was the head of the physics department at the University of Iowa who discovered the radiation belts encircling Earth in 1958. The new name of the mission, previously…

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Stavridis: New aviation element ‘new step’ for U.S., Poland

Posted  November 14, 2012

Lauding the standup of a new aviation detachment in Poland last week as “a new step in the U.S.-Polish military relationship,” Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis said it exemplifies the two militaries’ growing cooperation, which has extended from combat in Iraq, the Balkans, and Afghanistan to European missile defense. In his blog post Nov. 13,…

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XCOR announces ATK as Lynx Mark I wing detailed design, build contractor

Posted  November 14, 2012

MOJAVE, Calif. – XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 14 that it has issued the initial phase of a two-phase contract to ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division for the detailed design and manufacture of the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle wings and control surfaces. This announcement represents a critical milestone in the march toward assembly, test…

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Boeing moving to new complex in Huntsville, Ala.

Posted  November 14, 2012

Boeing is moving to a new office complex near the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as the company consolidates several of its locations in the area. The move to Redstone Gateway reflects Boeing’s commitment to managing costs and increasing competitiveness for growth. “As Boeing begins its 51st…

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NASA technology showcase lands in Cleveland Nov. 28-30

Posted  November 14, 2012

Business leaders, space enthusiasts, students and the public are invited to attend NASA Technology Days. The free, three-day public technology showcase will take place at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center Nov. 28-30. Participants from industry, academia and the U.S. government will discuss strategy development, partnerships and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation….

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Major hurdles remain to end veteran homelessness

Posted  November 14, 2012

Arthur Lute’s arduous journey from his days as a U.S. Marine to his nights sleeping on the streets illustrates the challenge for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. Lute has post-traumatic stress disorder from the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. He spent years drifting…

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News briefs, November 9th, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Navy jet makes emergency landing in San Diego   The Navy says a fighter jet training 100 miles off the San Diego coast has made an emergency landing. U-T San Diego says the F/A-18 jet was training with the aircraft carrier Nimitz Nov. 6 when it was diverted. It landed safely at Marine Corps Air…

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EADS third quarter profit stalls on super jumbo costs

Posted  November 9, 2012

The cost of fixing problems on some A380 super jumbos weighed on third-quarter profits at Airbus parent company EADS NV. Net profit at the European aircraft giant fell 1 percent to €309 million ($394 million) in the July to September period, down from €312 million a year earlier. EADS said Thursday it has spent €200…

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Ducommun awarded $3.7 million contract for TOW program

Posted  November 9, 2012

Ducommun Incorporated has received a follow-on award from Raytheon to continue providing complex wiring harnesses for the TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided) weapon system. The contract, worth $3.7 million, extends the Company’s support of the program through 2013, with production taking place at the Ducommun LaBarge Technologies facility in Berryville, Ark. Recently, Raytheon named this operation…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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