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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Callaway Defense

AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Navy awards preliminary design review contracts for Unmanned Carrier-Based System

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Navy announced Aug. 14 that four Preliminary Design Review contracts were awarded for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike air vehicle segment. The four $15 million firm-fixed price contracts were awarded to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. The period of performance for the…

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NASA ends attempts to fully recover Kepler spacecraft, potential new missions considered

Posted  August 16, 2013

Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new science research it can carry out in its current condition. Two of Kepler’s four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the spacecraft, have…

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Renovated lab earns top certification for energy, environmental design

Posted  August 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by Al Bright In the new Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory inside Bldg. 23, Benjamin Pierce, a research scientist in the Superconductor Pulsed Laser Deposition Lab, conducts basic material research on thin, superconductive films, which carry currents for thermo-electric effect. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory, part of the Air…

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Lockheed Martin first flight for first ROKAF C-130J

Posted  August 16, 2013

  The Republic of Korea Air Force’s first C-130J Super Hercules took to the skies Aug. 14 for its first flight at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Marietta, Ga. This C-130J (Lockheed Martin aircraft number 5730) is scheduled for a 2014 delivery to the ROKAF, a legacy C-130 operator.  

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted  August 16, 2013

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Headlines August 14, 2013

Posted  August 14, 2013

Business Textron Systems eyes rising foreign demand for drones, weapons Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc , says strong demand from the Middle East and Asia for unmanned systems, ground vehicles and smart weapons will help expand foreign sales to about half of the division’s total revenues in coming years. Israeli drones over Brazil’s…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 granted “interim safe for flight”

Posted  August 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Liz Kaszynski An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet Replacement…

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Training pods produce knowledge, keeps war fighters sharp

Posted  August 14, 2013

Keeping track of 60 aircraft from U.S. and allied partners during a two-week exercise could seem to be an impossible task especially in a training space the size of Florida.

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted  August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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JPL, Masten testing spacecraft precision landing software

Posted  August 14, 2013

Masten photograph Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstrator ascends from its pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port on a recent test launch for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft inspired millions of people worldwide a year ago when its unprecedented “sky crane” landing system successfully landed the Curiosity rover in…

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