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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.

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President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment,…

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First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum's Early Years Gallery July 21.

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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, for his bravery in combat at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.


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ViaSat completes Phase 1 UHF Satcom Integrated Waveform Installation for United Kingdom

Posted  December 7, 2012

ViaSat Inc. has successfully implemented an Integrated Waveform Network Control Station for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. The IW is designed to allow the MOD to make the most efficient use of its UHF satcom assets with seamless voice and data assignments across 5 and 25 kHz UHF channels. Additional benefits include significantly improved…

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Germany to take stake as EADS shakes up ownership

Posted  December 7, 2012

European aerospace and defense company EADS announced Dec. 7 a new ownership structure in which Germany is set to join France and Spain as state shareholders – even as overall government influence shrinks at the company. The parent company of plane maker Airbus, the archrival of U.S.-based Boeing, said the deal would eventually give the…

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Denmark selects U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Danish government signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program. Valued at $686 million, the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “It’s great news that the Danish government has…

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Antelope Valley robotics teams helping seniors

Posted  December 7, 2012

Jedi Masters, Titanium Tigers, Panthers, F-22 Raptorbots and other robotic teams gathered at Joe Walker Middle school in Quartz Hill, Calif., to participate in the 3rd Annual AV Techno Classic LEGO Tournament. The 2012 theme was ëSenior Solutions: Independent. Engaged. Connected. First Lego League is a robotics program designed to excite students 9 to 14…

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Secretaries seek integrated military, veteran support system

Posted  December 7, 2012

The secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs are partnering to build an integrated military and veteran support system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at a joint DOD-VA press conference at the Veterans Affairs Department Dec. 6. Calling their departments’ collaboration “a national security issue in many ways,” Panetta said the agreements between DOD and…

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Fermi improves its vision for thunderstorm gamma-ray flashes

Posted  December 7, 2012

Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times better at catching the brief outbursts of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The outbursts, known as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, last only a few thousandths of a second, but their…

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SAIC to provide Blue Devil operations, maintenance support services to AFRL

Posted  December 7, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to provide Blue Devil Block 1 (Blue Devil) Outside the Continental United States operations and maintenance support services to the AFRL Sensors Directorate. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a one-year period of performance and a total contract…

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Senators seek answers on $1 billion system cancellation

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have written to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta looking for answers regarding the Air Force’s recent decision to cancel its Expeditionary Combat Support System. The ECSS was touted as the largest change in Air Force logistics history, and was supposed to establish the service’s first capability to globally…

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Two local boy scouts earn the high rank of Eagle Scout

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two local youths transitioned from boys to young men when they achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Dylan Swenson and Ben Wright, both 17, shared the achievements that won them their hard-earned Eagle Scout rank Nov. 28, when they previewed their service projects at…

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 MSE missile successfully intercepts tactical ballistic missile target during test

Posted  December 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target Dec. 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 MSE Missile self-destructed as planned. “Today’s flight test provided another example of how the PAC-3 MSE Missile has significantly expanded the…

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