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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale employees donate $60,000 to the USO

Posted  September 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman employees convert the Palmdale site’s manufacturing high bay into an assembly area for USO care packages. Employee-led fundraising activities over a span of just three months at Northrop’s Palmdale, Calif., site have netted more than $60,000 for men and women in the U.S. armed services. The site’s annual commitment to…

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Airmen certified for F-35 engine runs

Posted  September 25, 2012

An airman seated in an aircraft, surrounded by electronic displays, surveys the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II and begins rehearsed procedures that now feel comfortable. He feels the jet’s familiar rumble below as the engine roars to life on the flightline. If you imagined the person in the seat as a pilot, in this…

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Boeing delivers United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 25, 2012

Boeing and United Airlines announced Sept. 24 the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. United is the first airline in North America to take delivery of the 787. Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said, “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner. As we…

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Blue skies greet Endeavour, SCA at Edwards landing

Posted  September 21, 2012

A familiar sight appeared in the clear blue skies of the Mojave Desert as the space shuttle Endeavour and its modified NASA 747 carrier aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20.

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New President for SETP

Posted  September 21, 2012

Doug Benjamin will soon take the reins from SETP President Steve Rainey. Presently, a Boeing Chief Pilot for Military Transport and an engineering test pilot, Benjamin has a career spanning 34 years with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.

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AV Fairgrounds holds 21st Annual Salute to Youth

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber At this table, students learned about the Science Mission at NASA using a robotic arm to teach about the rover on Mars. Salute to Youth, Career Connection is a long-standing tradition for the Antelope Valley, Calif. The annual event is sponsored by the community to encourage students to learn more about…

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News Briefs – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Reservist, defense contractor plead not guilty   A military contractor and an Army reservist have pleaded not guilty to charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar scheme to win military contracts in Afghanistan. Prosecutors say defense contractor Michael L. Taylor is being held on a related federal complaint of trying to bribe an FBI agent…

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President nominates Vollrath as assistant Defense Secretary

Posted  September 21, 2012

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick E. Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath has been performing the position’s duties as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Before appointment to his current position in March, he had been president of Vollrath Consulting since 2006….

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USS Enterprise to inactivate after 51 years of service

Posted  September 21, 2012

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will inactivate Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the…

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