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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Raytheon receives $218 million for advanced Standard Missile-3

Posted  August 9, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $218,530,196 contract by the Missile Defense Agency to complete the assembly and delivery of 29 Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles. Launched off U.S. Navy ships, SM-3 interceptors protect the U.S. and its allies by destroying incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space. “The…

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Air Force supported researchers build all-optical switch, transistor

Posted  August 9, 2013

The control of a single photon – the elementary quantum carrier of light and all forms of electromagnetic radiation – is seen as the Holy Grail of quantum computing. If researchers could effectively make a photon do the work of a switch, or a transistor, it would be a revolutionary achievement with regard to telecommunication…

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U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force intercept cruise missile for first time with

Posted  August 9, 2013

The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force intercepted for the first time an anti-ship cruise missile surrogate using Raytheon’s Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile cued by JLENS. An affordable, elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, JLENS uses a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats. “Integrating JLENS’ precision detection and…

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VA reaches out to veterans about the health care law

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable…

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The challenge is on NASA-WPI 2014 Robot Prize Competition registration open

Posted  August 9, 2013

In pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and our nation’s future, NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration for the $1.5 million 2014 Sample Return Robot prize competition. Planned for June 2014 at WPI, industry and academic teams from across the nation will compete to demonstrate a…

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Sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite launched

Posted  August 9, 2013

The U.S. Air Force’s sixth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft was launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 8:29 p.m., EDT, Aug. 8, the first step in its journey to expand satellite communications services to the warfighter. The satellite will provide additional wideband SATCOM coverage…

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Army, Lockheed Martin celebrate one million flight hours for the Apache targeting pilotage sensor

Posted  August 9, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph On Aug. 8, more than 400 U.S. Army representatives, industry partners, suppliers, distinguished guests and Lockheed Martin employees celebrated the M-TADS/PNVS 1,000,000 Flight Hours milestone. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army celebrated one million flight hours for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor during ceremonies held Aug. 8 at…

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NASDVA joins fully developed claims community of practice Effort

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs Aug. 8 welcomed the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs to the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice, which was established in May to speed the processing of Veteransí disability compensation claims by promoting the early submission of all available evidence needed by VA to reach a disability…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream

Posted  August 9, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream’s…

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Groups sue to block demolition at ex-nuclear site

Posted  August 9, 2013

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Several environmental groups Aug. 6 sued state regulators over the cleanup of a former nuclear research lab, saying low-level radioactive waste was improperly shipped to landfills. Consumer Watchdog, along with other groups, filed a lawsuit Aug. 6 in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Department of Public Health and Department of…

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