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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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Boeing, Elbit Systems to collaborate on aircraft defense solutions

Posted  February 13, 2013

Boeing and Elbit Systems Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports the growth of both companies through the joint pursuit of opportunities for self-defense solutions for Boeing military aircraft in international markets. The companies will offer Elbit Systems’ Directed Infrared Counter Measure systems for a range of Boeing military fixed-wing and vertical-lift aircraft….

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations for OCO-2 spacecraft processing

Posted  February 13, 2013

Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced Feb. 12 that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, facility. OCO-2 is the first mission awarded by NASA…

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Aegis Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted  February 13, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system today, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by a Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile. At 4:10 a.m., EST, Feb. 13 a unitary medium-range…

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Two Dryden employees honored by NASA Space Flight Awareness Program

Posted  February 13, 2013

Two employees of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have been honored by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program for their contributions to excellence in quality and safety in support of human spaceflight. Dennis Avila, a program manager with Lockheed Martin under contract to NASA Dryden and Michael A. Collie, a lead quality assurance specialist at NASA…

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Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye approved for full-rate production

Posted  February 13, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Following successful test and evaluation where the program was rated operationally suitable and effective, Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been approved for full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, has been approved to enter full-rate production by the…

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NASA set for new round of J-2X testing at Stennis

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA’s progress toward a return to deep space missions continues with a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency’s Space Launch System to new destinations in the solar system. SLS is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Beginning this month, engineers…

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New Mojave Airport board meets

Posted  February 13, 2013

The Mojave Air and Space Port board approved business items at its first meeting with its 2013 officers and all of its board members. Newly installed board president JoAnn Painter presided, and Karina Drees, Director of Business Development led the staff presentations. Board members in attendance were Dick Rutan, Marie Walker, Jimmy Balentine and Dr….

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Plane Crazy Saturday!

Posted  February 13, 2013

Feb. 16, 2013 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free admission!   All glider and sailplane enthusiasts are invited   Special Guest Speaker at 11 a.m. Soaring to Space With Jim Payne, Chief Pilot Perlan 2 Project     The Perlan Project is an attempt to fly a glider to 90,000 feet in a weather phenomenon called the…

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President awards Medal of Honor to Afghanistan veteran

Posted  February 13, 2013

Army photograph by Leroy Council President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2013. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan in October…

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Lockheed Martin WindTracer achives major airport efficiency enhancements

Posted  February 13, 2013

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer® Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U. S. airports. The FAA granted approval for San Francisco International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport to conduct dependent arrival operations on their closely spaced…

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