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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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NASA launches Exploration Design Challenge

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA unveiled an Exploration Design Challenge March 11 to give students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight. The innovative educational opportunity was announced in a special event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The challenge asks students in the U.S. and abroad…

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ATK awarded $12 million contract to deliver 30mm MK266 ammunition to the U.S. Navy

Posted  March 11, 2013

ATK announced March 8 the award of a first-year, $12 million contract to deliver 30mm MK266 ammunition to the U.S. Navy. This is a single award, firm-fixed-price, five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract for 30mm x 173mm, MK266 High Explosive Incendiary with Trace Cartridges in MK15 Linked Belts. This multi-year contract has a potential value…

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Headlines: March 6, 2013

Posted  March 6, 2013

News From Hollywood to Kansas, drones are flying under the radar They hover over Hollywood film sets and professional sports events. They track wildfires in Colorado, survey Kansas farm crops and vineyards in California. They inspect miles of industrial pipeline and monitor wildlife, river temperatures and volcanic activity.   Business General Dynamics unit, others issue…

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News Briefs March 6, 2013

Posted  March 6, 2013

At least 2,047 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 As of March 5, 2013, at least 2,047 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,707 military service members have died in Afghanistan…

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Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to deploy

Posted  March 6, 2013

Sailors and Marines from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy from Norfolk, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 8.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

Posted  March 6, 2013

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Christopher Duncan Cpl. Andrew Smith, left, Sgt. Derrick Williams, center, Sgt. Michael Lomartire, right; prepare the RQ-7B Shadow, an unmanned aerial vehicle, for a launch conducted here, Feb. 27. Williams was the plane captain and quality assurance chief for this exercise, and all of the Marines are UAV technicians from…

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Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent contract award announced

Posted  March 6, 2013

The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $100,685,094 contract for Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent efforts March 3. This is the first time Aegis CSEA efforts have been competitively procured in more than 40 years.

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Hagel, Barak discuss Syria, Iran

Posted  March 6, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak held talks at the Pentagon March 5 on issues including Syria and Iran, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

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Strategic Command: Cuts could erode capabilities

Posted  March 6, 2013

U.S. Strategic Command can execute its full mission responsibilities today, but the impacts of fiscal uncertainty and declining resources in the next six months or a year could change that, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said March 5. Testifying here before the House Armed Services Committee, the STRATCOM commander characterized the impacts as an…

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Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates Joint STARS, Global Hawk interoperability

Posted  March 6, 2013

Northrop Grumman recently completed a successful exchange of radar data during a flight test involving the U.S. Air Force’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aircraft system. The demonstration was conducted Feb. 25. The exchange is the first collaborative effort to stream ground moving target radar…

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