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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Business

Business briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

General Dynamics acquires Applied Physical Sciences Corp.   General Dynamics has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp. of Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price. Applied Physical Sciences is a leading provider of applied research and development services, and will complement the engineering programs of General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted  December 28, 2012

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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Boeing completes preliminary design review for Space Launch System core stage

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and NASA on Dec. 20 completed the Preliminary Design Review for the Space Launch System core stage and avionics, validating the design of the rocket that will send humans beyond low Earth orbit to places like the moon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars.

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Philippines to acquire helicopters, trucks in bid to modernize military

Posted  December 28, 2012

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Dec. 27 the Philippines will purchase three multi-purpose AW 109 helicopters…

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NASA’s Destination Station exhibit opens In Mesa, Ariz.

Posted  December 28, 2012

Arizonans can get a sense of what spaceflight is like as NASA’s Destination Station exhibit opens at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. The interactive exhibit reveals the inside of America’s orbiting laboratory while educating visitors about the vast array of science and research being done in low-Earth orbit. “This exhibit is a…

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Rescue, battlefield airmen train as one

Posted  December 28, 2012

The afternoon sky was still and silent just before a thunderous HH-60G Pave Hawk landed thrusting 100 mph winds. Out jumped three pararescuemen assessing possible threats in all directions as they headed to aid an injured member of a friendly force.

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Boeing, Aeromexico finalize 787 Dreamliner order

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and Aeromexico have finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners, with reconfirmation rights for four additional Dreamliners. The order by Mexico’s largest airline, which was first announced as a commitment in July, is valued at more than $1.46 billion at published list prices. “The acquisition of these Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, part of the 100…

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From elsewhere around the web, today’s Aerospace and Defense Industry headlines……

Posted  December 21, 2012

NEWS Obama to nominate John Kerry to be next secretary of State; Radioactive hot spots remain at former research facility’s site; U.S. House approves bill authorizing $633 billion in defense spending;   BUSINESS   GE to buy aviation unit of Italy’s Avio for $4.3 billion; BAE Systems wins £2.5 billion Oman Hawk, Typhoon contract;  …

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News Briefs December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Panetta cites turning point in Afghan war Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan believe the U.S. and its allies have ìturned the tideî after 11 years of war. In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Panetta said the international military coalition has reversed a five-year trend of growing…

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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite sends first signals from space

Posted  December 21, 2012

The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, sent its first signals from space Dec. 19 following launch from Kourou aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. Bicentenario is the first of three MEXSAT satellites for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico that will enhance the country’s communications for domestic, military, civil…

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