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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.

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI Space

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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F-35 maintainers test CBRN gear

Posted  February 22, 2013

Courtesy photograph F-35 maintainers remove a panel on a JSF last year. Recently, the F-35 Integrated Test Force has progressed towards further operational capability as military members performed maintenance duties while wearing protective uniforms designed to preserve the warfighter and allow the sustainment of operations in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear…

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Pratt & Whitney F117 engines surpass 10 million flight hours on C-17 fleet

Posted  February 22, 2013

Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engine, the exclusive power for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, recently exceeded 10 million engine flight hours. At the same time, the C-17 exceeded 2.5 million flight hours while supporting military and humanitarian mission in support of U.S. and allied troops around the globe. Pratt & Whitney is a United…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted  February 22, 2013

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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ATK delivers inert launch abort motor for Orion spacecraft exploration flight test 1

Posted  February 22, 2013

ATK successfully delivered a launch abort motor to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, scheduled to fly next year. The test flight abort motor is configured with inert propellant, since the EFT-1 mission will have no crew on board, but otherwise replicates the launch abort system…

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Air Force releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted  February 22, 2013

Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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Educator teams fly on NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory

Posted  February 22, 2013

The first four Airborne Astronomy Ambassador educators returned safely to Earth at Palmdale, Calif., early in the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, after completing their initial flight on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA.

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates DAGRÆ missile ground vehicle launch capability rrom JLTV

Posted  February 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGR missile to launch from a ground vehicle during a series of flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. DAGR and two Hydra 70 rockets were launched from a pedestal launcher mounted in the bed of a Lockheed Martin prototype Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. DAGR locked…

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NASA releases Glory Taurus XL launch failure report summary

Posted  February 22, 2013

NASA has released a summary report on findings from a panel that investigated the unsuccessful 2011 launch of the agency’s Glory spacecraft. The satellite, designed to improve our understanding of Earth’s climate, was lost March 4, 2011, when it failed to reach orbit after launch aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg…

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NATO, partners still considering size of post-2014 force

Posted  February 22, 2013

NATO and partner nations are still considering the size of the force that will remain in Afghanistan once the International Security Assistance Force mission ends in December 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 22. Little, in Brussels with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, issued a statement to put down rumors about the size…

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United Technologies CEO sees federal budget cuts March 1 with impact on parts, repair business

Posted  February 22, 2013

The chief executive of United Technologies Corp. expects automatic federal budget cuts will take effect in eight days, taking a nick out of earnings of the aerospace giant. CEO Louis Chenevert told investor analysts Feb. 21 that the cuts, which are known in Washington as the “sequester,” look more likely. He says earnings would be…

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