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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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AFOSR shares results from Annual Spring Review

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Program Officers of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research completed their 56th annual Spring Review, which ran from 4 March through 8 March in Arlington, Va This annual assessment of AFOSR’s research portfolio highlighted not only the overall research portfolio, but emphasized the numerous basic research transitions of benefit to the United States…

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Aerojet SM-3 Block IB TDACS completes qualification testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Aerojet has completed Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System qualification testing with the successful altitude hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The final TDACS qualification unit was altitude tested at Aerojet’s…

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NASA astronaut Lee Archambault leaving agency

Posted  March 15, 2013

NASA astronaut Lee Archambault is leaving the agency, ending a 15-year career that included more than 27 days in space, including a flight as commander of space shuttle Discovery. Archambault will join Sierra Nevada Corp. as a systems engineer and test pilot. He will work on the company’s Dream Chaser Space System, being developed in…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

Posted  March 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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News Briefs March 13, 2013

Posted  March 13, 2013

Black Hawk crash kills five troops in Kandahar A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said March 12. The March 11 crash brought the total number of U.S. troops killed that day to seven, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces so far this year. Two U.S. special…

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Navy’s first littoral combat ship visit Pearl Harbor

Posted  March 13, 2013

Navy photograph by PO3 Diana Quinlan The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit during a deployment to the Asia Pacific region. LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare or…

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MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

Posted  March 13, 2013

After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour…

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Grasshopper completes highest leap to date

Posted  March 13, 2013

Grasshopper completes highest leap to date March 7, 2013, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 262.8 feet, hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of…

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NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars

Posted  March 13, 2013

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale…

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Endeavour final ferry flight memento presentation

Posted  March 13, 2013

Photograph courtesy of John Mlynar, City of Palmdale James Ledford (center), mayor of the City of Palmdale, Calif., holds an American flag and a plaque containing pins representing NASA and Palmdale that were presented to the city at a recent Palmdale City Council meeting by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center representatives Katrina Emery (left) and…

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