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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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NASA, Space Florida begin partnership discussions

Posted  June 28, 2013

NASA has selected Space Florida, the aerospace economic development agency for the state of Florida, for negotiations toward a partnership agreement to maintain and operate the historic Shuttle Landing Facility. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Robert Cabana, announced the selection during a news conference June 28 at Kennedy’s…

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Precision Castparts expands fluid fittings capabilities with the acquisition of Permaswage

Posted  June 28, 2013

Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Permaswage SAS, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of aerospace fluid fittings, for $600 million. Permaswage’s primary focus is the design and manufacture of permanent fittings used in fluid conveyance systems for airframe applications, as well as related installation tooling. The company has particular expertise in swaged fittings, which…

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing

Posted  June 28, 2013

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing yesterday. It is scheduled to launch July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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Weapons Division sets world record on China Lake track

Posted  June 28, 2013

A team of scientists and engineers at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif., recently set a world record for producing the most thrust for a rocket sled test on the Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track at China Lake.

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Alert Reaper Airmen find IED

Posted  June 28, 2013

Most airmen can mentally rewind to the Combat Airman Skills Training course and recall the frustration and apprehension of not being able to locate all the improvised-explosive devices set out in the training lanes.

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Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s ninth Littoral Combat Ship

Posted  June 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The keel laying ceremony for LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, took place at Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard on June 27, 2013. Pictured from left to right: Monsignor James Dillenburg, Keel Laying Chaplain; Chuck Goddard, President & CEO Marinette Marine Corporation; Mrs. Janee Bonner, ship sponsor; Joe North, Lockheed Martin Vice…

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Boeing delivers British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  June 28, 2013

Boeing and British Airways announced the delivery today of the U.K. carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., June 26, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport June 27 at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines…

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Navy closes in on making landing on aircraft carrier safer

Posted  June 28, 2013

Landing on an aircraft carrier is now safer thanks to the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System team from the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office.

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted  June 28, 2013

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July.

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News Briefs June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

Luke AFB west of Phoenix to get 72 more F-35s The Air Force has decided to assign three additional squadrons of the new F-35 fighter at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. The decision secures the future of the base 15 miles west of Phoenix as the current fleet of F-16s is retired. It…

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