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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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General Dynamics completes comprehensive risk reduction program for Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted  August 7, 2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has successfully completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test successfully verified key components within the…

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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted  August 7, 2013

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Posted  August 7, 2013

Navy photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in July 2013. The unmanned helicopters are supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) orbit to combatant commanders. Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 46, Det. 9 recently surpassed the MQ-8B Fire Scoutís previous monthly flight…

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AEDC’s Range-G in operation for 50 years

Posted  August 7, 2013

Since the summer of 1963, when the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Ballistic Range-G came into operation, the facility has tested items for boundary-layer studies to hypersonic plasma mitigation studies.

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Boeing all-electric satellite passes critical design review

Posted  August 7, 2013

Boeing artist’s rendering The first Boeing electric-powered satellite, the 702 Small Platform (702SP), has passed its Critical Design Review, allowing the new program to move two satellites into assembly, integration and testing. Commercial satellite service providers Asia Broadcast Satellite, Bermuda – whose satellite is shown here – and SatÈlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), Mexico…

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Boeing, Travel Service finalize order for three 737 MAXs

Posted  August 7, 2013

Boeing and Travel Service have finalized an order for three 737 MAX 8s, valued at $301.5 million at list prices. The Czech Republic-based carrier originally announced a commitment to purchase the 737 MAX in June during the 2013 Paris Air Show. The Aug. 7 announcement brings the total number of orders to date for the…

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AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

Posted  August 7, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. The construction for Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) ended July 30, 1993. Today the facility continues to test the nation’s large ICBM’s such as the Peacekeeper and Minuteman systems and new developmental systems. Following the signing of…

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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted  August 7, 2013

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted  August 7, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Headlines August 5, 2013

Posted  August 5, 2013

Business EADS urged by investor to sell Dassault Aviation holding European Aeronautics, Defense and Space Co. (EADS) should sell its holding in Dassault Aviation SA, maker of the Rafale combat jet, because the stake valued at about $5.3 billion is a poor investment, the TCI fund said. Ultra Electronics targets China airliner by adapting weapons…

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