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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. 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…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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NASA selects electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted  July 8, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to ASRC Federal Space & Defense of Greenbelt, Md., for the Electrical Systems Engineering Services II for the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is a cost plus award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $475 million. This contract has a 30-day phase-in period with…

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AAR selected by GE Aviation to upgrade main landing gear door actuator

Posted  July 8, 2013

AAR CORP. has been selected by GE Aviation as an Authorized Service Center to retrofit the main landing gear door actuators on A318, A319, A320, and A321 aircraft with improved hydraulic actuators. AAR will handle the work at its Landing Gear Services MRO facility in Miami. That 128,000-square-foot site added tooling capabilities and manpower to…

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Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted  July 8, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian airmen face involuntary furlough one…

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Interceptor test failure is setback for National Missile Defense program

Posted  July 8, 2013

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin The GBI missile leaves the silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Like a belated Independence Day skyrocket, a Ground-Based Interceptor missile roared from its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on the morning of July 5 as part of an integrated exercise and test of the Ground-based Midcourse…

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Long-running NASA/CNES ocean satellite takes final bow

Posted  July 8, 2013

The curtain has come down on a superstar of the satellite oceanography world that played the “Great Blue Way” of the world’s ocean for 11 1/2 years. The successful joint NASA and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite was decommissioned this week following the loss of its last remaining transmitter. Launched Dec. 7,…

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Northrop Grumman moves new B-2 satellite communications concept to high ground

Posted  July 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman has taken another significant step to reduce the risks and costs associated with producing an extremely high frequency satellite communications system for the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes senior vice president

Posted  July 8, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced July 8 that Paul Meyer will join the company as senior vice president, Advanced Programs & Business Development. This newly-created organization encompasses Advanced Programs, Advanced Technology and Business Development for all of Aerojet Rocketdyne. In his role, Meyer will serve as a key partner to the president, responsible for leading the continued…

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NASA Tests Game Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

Posted  July 8, 2013

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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P-8A Poseidon fires Harpoon, hits mark

Posted  July 8, 2013

After approximately six minutes of flight time, one of NAVAIR’s test aircraft successfully launched a Harpoon missile during a live fire event June 24 in California at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

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EaglePicher Technologies awarded lithium ion battery contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation

Posted  July 8, 2013

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC has been selected by Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide lithium ion batteries to support the ICESat-2 Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite based on Orbitalís LEOStar-3 design. The lithium ion batteries designed by EaglePicher for ICESat-2 incorporate many of the design features that have been successfully utilized by Orbital in 13 of…

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