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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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NASA announces early stage innovations space tech research grants

Posted  November 21, 2014

NASA image by Eric Stern Advanced thermal protection materials modeling using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method simulates the flow through porous TPS materials. Research into these sorts of advanced technologies enable the journey to Mars and enable future exploration. NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies…

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NASA teams with South Korean agency to further improve air traffic management

Posted  November 21, 2014

NASA photograph Jaiwon Shin, NASAís associate administrator for Aeronautics Research, and Jaeboong Lee, president of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement, signed an agreement Nov. 17, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, for future agency cooperation on the development of advanced air traffic management technologies. NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement have…

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U.S. Navy commemorates C-2 Greyhound’s 50th anniversary of first flight

Posted  November 21, 2014

For nearly 50 years, the C-2A Greyhound has carried passengers, essential supplies and letters from home to U.S. Navy carrier strike groups around the globe.

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps LITENING advanced targeting systems

Posted  November 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman has received an award of $116 million to upgrade AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems for the United States military. Under the terms of the existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Northrop Grumman will provide upgrades and spares to the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Marine Corps. This award will bring…

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GA-ASI advances sense, avoid capability with two new test flights

Posted  November 21, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Nov. 20 announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid system development efforts. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell, GA-ASI tested a proof-of-concept SAA system,…

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NASA awards launch services contract for Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Posted  November 21, 2014

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission. ICON is targeted to launch in June 2017 from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands aboard a Pegasus XL launch vehicle from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. The total…

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Northrop Grumman introduces Viper 2.1 laser

Posted  November 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all directed infrared countermeasure systems. The Viper 2.1 is the latest in the family of Viper lasers designed specifically for DIRCM systems. After five years of funding, development and testing, the Viper 2.1…

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Air Force announces criteria for KC-46A Reserve basing

Posted  November 21, 2014

After extensive internal review, the Air Force on Nov. 9, released the basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base. The KC-46As will begin arriving at the first Air Force Reserve-led global mobility wing in fiscal year 2019. The basing criteria under consideration include mission…

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Lockheed Martin announces new leadership appointments

Posted  November 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin has announced the appointments of Patricia L. Lewis, 52, to senior vice president of Human Resources and Jennifer M. Whitlow, 42, to senior vice president of Communications. Lewis and Whitlow were also elected corporate officers. Both appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in developing and…

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The footprint of the Jolly Green Giant

Posted  November 21, 2014

Green feet mean rescue. TSgt. Mathew Macella, 56th Rescue Squadron pararescueman blue team non-commissioned officer in charge, succinctly summed up the explanation for all the stickers of green feet found around Royal Air Force Lakenheath and what they mean for the 56th RQS.

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