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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  October 4, 2013

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.

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Air Force Museum closed due to government shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is†temporarily closed, effective Oct. 1, 2013, due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. If the museum reopens by Oct. 6, 2013, Fall Home School Day will continue as planned. Please watch…

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Air Force mechanics at Utah base protest shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

The government shutdown has furloughed some civilians at Hill Air Force Base while forcing thousands more to continue working without any hope of receiving a paycheck, a union leader said Oct. 2. People are angry, demoralized. I’ve never seen it this bad in the 31 years I’ve been a federal employee, said Monty Lewis, president…

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Dryden Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Progress

Posted  October 4, 2013

An extensive review of Dryden Flight Research Centerís activities in Unmanned Aircraft Systems was presented Sept. 26 to national media. It included tours of UAS operated by Dryden, and observing an active UAS control room. Research in safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace was outlined. The FAA has been charged by Congress to…

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Headlines September 30, 2013

Posted  September 30, 2013

News: Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown – Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved…

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News Briefs September 30, 2013

Posted  September 30, 2013

No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe Officials say the No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been…

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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Coronado (LCS4)

Posted  September 30, 2013

Austal USA photograph The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony…

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Business

Boeing delivers 100th Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment System

Posted  September 30, 2013

Boeing has delivered the 100th Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment system to the U.S. Navy, marking a milestone in the service’s ability to receive and process information vital to executing its missions. This delivery is part of an ongoing effort to meet the current contractual obligation of 113 systems, with more production expected in the future…

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Predator saves lives in support of Rim Fire disaster relief efforts

Posted  September 30, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Sept. 26 that a MQ-1 Predator® RPA successfully supported firefighters in their efforts to contain California’s Rim Fire, marking another instance of using Predator-class RPA for disaster relief in the United States. Operated by the…

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Airbus may lead to more development in Mobile

Posted  September 30, 2013

Downtown Mobile, Ala., faces unprecedented development opportunity with Airbus setting up shop just minutes down the road, but savvy developers will need to time their participation almost perfectly to maximize mounting revitalization efforts. Downtown is prepared to absorb many new businesses and employees. Our development and real estate communities are working closely together to accommodate…

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