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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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General Dynamics awarded $26 million for MK46 Naval Weapon Systems

Posted  March 27, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship class. The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon…

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Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR radar system demonstrates ballistic missile defense capability

Posted  March 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) successfully detected multiple rocket launches during company-funded testing. Currently under development for the U.S. Marine Corps, G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multirole radar to be developed for the U.S. Department of Defense. With its ability to intelligently and adaptively allocate its myriad sensor capabilities, G/ATOR is able…

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Elbit Systems of America, Laser Light Engines partner to develop new high-powered laser for display applications

Posted  March 27, 2013

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has contracted with Laser Light Engines, Inc., the leader in laser illumination for high brightness digital projection, to manufacture the LLE DSG-265,ô a high-powered, solid state de-speckled GREEN laser module that is revolutionizing the way movies are watched. LLE’s “universal” architecture enable its…

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Boeing celebrates global supplier partners on delivery of 7,500th 737

Posted  March 27, 2013

Boeing highlighted the critical role its global supply chain plays in production of the 737, as it celebrated the 7,500th delivery of the world’s most popular airplane. The Next-Generation 737 has about 400,000 parts per airplane that are built by more than 325 suppliers in 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, China, France and…

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Blue Horizons: War College students look at 2035

Posted  March 27, 2013

Each spring, a select group of Air War College students meet for BOGSAT sessions and collaborate in “murder boards” to help Air Force leaders make decisions on how the service will adapt to technological changes in the next quarter of a century. For the past five years, Blue Horizons has investigated a future described as…

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Hagel, Russian counterpart discuss mutual security issues

Posted  March 27, 2013

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu made a congratulatory call to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the two leaders discussed a range of issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 25. Hagel and Shoygu discussed the ongoing security transition in Afghanistan, Little said in a statement. “Secretary Hagel assured his counterpart that the handover of…

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U.K. F-35s will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk

Posted  March 27, 2013

The United Kingdom’s Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced March 26. “This is the next step in the restructuring of the Armed Forces, providing them with the world’s most capable combat aircraft,” said Hammond. “Basing the new Lightning II at RAF Marham makes…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science to Earth

Posted  March 27, 2013

A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company’s second cargo flight to the International Space Station March 26, with a 12:36 p.m., EDT, splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. “The scientific research delivered and being returned by Dragon enables advances in every aspect of…

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Consultant to study Virginia’s military assets

Posted  March 27, 2013

Virginia is preparing for potential base realignments and closures by hiring a consultant to study the state’s military assets. The Alexandria-based Spectrum Group will develop a closure risk assessment for each military base in the state. The company will report its findings the state’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. The Spectrum Group is…

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California airport developer charged with conspiracy

Posted  March 27, 2013

The man tasked with developing a former Air Force base into the San Bernardino International Airport has been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said March 25. Scot M. Spencer was arrested in Boca Raton, Fla., March 24 on five felony counts, and an investor and alleged co-conspirator, Felice G. Luciano, remained a fugitive, San…

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