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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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XCOR announces business development team

Posted  February 27, 2013

A trio of new senior appointments in the Business Development Team has been announced by XCOR Aerospace, signaling the continued progress and confidence in the Lynx® suborbital spacecraft program. Greg Claxton joins XCOR where he will lead the Retail Sales Channel, Khaki Rodway has been promoted to lead the Payloads Sales Channel, and Lisa Rigano…

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Fleet launches aircraft energy-saving initiatives

Posted  February 27, 2013

Navy photograph Fleet F/A-18s perform the SMART Tanking refueling practice that saves energy by configuring a Super Hornet tanker with only the centerline refueling tank. The tanker launches to refuel the aircraft returning from their mission then lands within about 20 minutes. Referred to as ìYo-yo Tankingî in the fleet, this method delivers up to…

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Investing in technology to enable the future

Posted  February 27, 2013

NASA creates Space Technology Mission Directorate As part of the Obama Administration’s recognition of the critical role that space technology and innovation will play in enabling both future space missions and bettering life here on Earth, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the creation of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. The directorate will be a…

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Boeing Phantom Eye completes second flight High-altitude, long-endurance demonstrator climbs above 8,000 feet

Posted  February 27, 2013

Boeing photograph Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25, demonstrating capabilities that will allow it to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for up to four days without refueling. Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25, demonstrating capabilities that will allow…

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Headlines: February 25, 2013

Posted  February 25, 2013

Business Lockheed: Lithium-ion battery not involved in F-35 smoke incident Lockheed Martin said Feb. 25 there was no evidence that a lithium-ion battery contributed to a Feb. 14 incident that caused smoke in the cockpit of an F-35 test plane. Australia: Grounding, budget woes cloud F-35 warplane sales push in Australia This year’s second grounding…

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Northrop Grumman delivers first communications payload for U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System

Posted  February 25, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of two protected communications payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System that will provide continuous coverage in the north polar region for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical military communications. The extremely high frequency payload leverages protected communications technologies the company developed for the…

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News Briefs February 25, 2013

Posted  February 25, 2013

Navy proposes drone base at Point Mugu About 700 personnel and their families would move to Point Mugu under a military proposal to make Naval Base Ventura County the West Coast home for a drone aircraft. The Ventura County Star reports the Navy is seeking public comment on its proposal to base four remotely-controlled Triton…

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First littoral combat ship to deploy in March

Posted  February 25, 2013

During a media availability Feb. 21, Navy officials announced the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on track to begin its first deployment March 1. This milestone was announced by the LCS Council, a group established by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert Aug. 22, to oversee continued fleet testing and the…

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Boeing acquires CPU Tech’s microprocessor business

Posted  February 25, 2013

Boeing continued to address its global customers’ enduring need to protect war fighters from information-assurance attacks Feb. 22 by acquiring CPU Technology Inc.’s Acalis business. Acalis microprocessors contain unique hardware and software that can guard mission-critical onboard systems in Boeing platforms. “Acalis provides security-on-a-chip that can help defend the manned and unmanned aircraft we build…

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contracts to being work on next set of GPS III satellites

Posted  February 25, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin two fixed-price contracts totaling $120 million to procure long lead parts for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth next generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of…

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