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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 Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph 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…

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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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Mars Science Lab drills to get rock powder sample

Posted  February 13, 2013

At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Curiosity has now successfully used all of its unique equipment to examine if Mars was capable of supporting microscopic life. The percussion drill was used to…

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North Korea brandishing nukes to get U.S. to talk peace

Posted  February 13, 2013

The way North Korea sees it, only bigger weapons and more threatening provocations will force Washington to come to the table to discuss what Pyongyang says it really wants: peace. It’s no coincidence that North Korea’s third underground nuclear test – and by all indications so far its most powerful yet – took place Feb….

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Boeing, Icelandair finalize order for 16 737 MAX airplanes

Posted  February 13, 2013

Boeing and Icelandair announced a firm order Feb. 13 for 16 737 MAX airplanes, valued at more than $1.6 billion at list prices.

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Remains of Monitor sailors to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted  February 13, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 12 that remains recovered from the USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. A ceremony will be held March 8 to honor the two unknown sailors.

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NASA satellite date find freshwater loses in Middle East

Posted  February 13, 2013

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. Scientists at the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine); NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research…

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Headlines: February 11, 2013

Posted  February 11, 2013

Business EADS unit could face FBI probe over Saudi deal The FBI is investigating allegations of corruption involving a British unit of aerospace group EADS over a contract in Saudi Arabia for the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, the Financial Times said Feb. 11.   Veterans ‘I would have destroyed Dresden again': Bomber Harris was unrepentant…

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News Briefs February 11, 2013

Posted  February 11, 2013

Boeing sends 787 on test flight from Seattle Boeing sent a 787 up on a test flight Feb. 9, the first since the new airliner was grounded three weeks ago because of a battery fire. The aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle and spent nearly two and a half hours flying back and…

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Army partners with industry for vehicle efficiencies

Posted  February 11, 2013

The Army has partnered with the automotive industry and others in an effort to jump-start the development of more energy-saving and high-performance vehicles.

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Robert Gates backs proposal to create court for drones

Posted  February 11, 2013

Robert Gates, a former defense secretary and spymaster, is backing lawmakers’ proposal to form a special court to review President Barack Obama’s deadly drone strikes against Americans linked to al Qaeda. Gates, who led the Pentagon for Presidents George W. Bush and Obama and previously served as the Central Intelligence Agency’s director, said Obama’s use…

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NASA launches new Earth observation satellite to continue 40-year legacy

Posted  February 11, 2013

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space at 10:02 p.m., PST, Feb. 11 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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