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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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Boeing appoints Pratyush Kumar to lead Boeing business in India

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing Dec. 13 named Pratyush “Prat” Kumar as president of Boeing India, effective Dec. 14. He joins Boeing with significant business leadership experience and insight into the Indian market, having served in senior executive positions at GE Transportation since 2003. Kumar succeeds Dinesh Keskar, who earlier this year returned to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a…

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Boeing demonstrates unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing demonstrated affordable unmanned aircraft technology Dec. 13 that could be integrated onto Republic of Korea Army MD 500 helicopters to expand the fleet’s mission capabilities. A Boeing Unmanned Little Bird demonstrator aircraft, a variant of the highly successful MD 500 helicopter, autonomously flew for approximately 25 minutes at the ROKA Aviation School in Nonsan….

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NASA hosts social media event at TDRS-K launch in Florida

Posted  December 14, 2012

NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida….

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Posted  December 12, 2012

Lawmakers question gift of 20 F-16s to Morsi’s Egypt; Greece says Qatar eyeing investment in defense sector; Britain’s controversial unmanned drones are being flown by ‘poorly trained pilots who have just 25 hours training’; Robotic surgery gives soldier a new spring in his step; Rolls-Royce in bribery talks with Serious Fraud Office; Concorde 216: BAE…

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News Briefs December 12, 2012

Posted  December 12, 2012

U.S. sues employer over firing of N.Y. Army reservist The federal government has sued a New York communications company president and his company, saying they violated the law by firing an Army reservist because of military obligations. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan Dec. 10 sued Cohere Communications LLC and its president, Steven T. Francesco. They said…

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Posted  December 12, 2012

Bell-Boeing photograph Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron…

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Panetta arrives in Kabul to thank troops, meet with commanders

Posted  December 12, 2012

After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

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F-35B achieves milestone flight

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7. The flight marked the 1,000th developmental test flight for the F-35B Lightning II in the programís system development and demonstration phase. The F-35B is the Lightning II variant designed for…

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Arrival of last F-35C completes Patuxent River complement of Lightning II aircraft

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Aircraft CF-5, flown by Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks, takes off from the F-35 Lightning II manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 11. The aircraft, which arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., the same day, is the final permanently assigned F-35C for the Integrated Test Force at…

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United Technologies to sell Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Posted  December 12, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced Dec. 12 it has reached agreement to sell its Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit, currently part of Pratt & Whitney, to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Divesting Power Systems allows UTC to…

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