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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 awards space station mission operations, integration services contract

Posted  February 8, 2013

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., for its International Space Station mission operations and integration contract. The cost-plus-award-fee services contract is valued at about $120.1 million and has a potential performance period of five years. The contract begins March 1 with an 18-month base period, followed by three one-year options and…

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NASAs Super-Tiger balloon breaks records while collecting data

Posted  February 8, 2013

A large NASA science balloon has broken two flight duration records while flying over Antarctica carrying an instrument that detected 50 million cosmic rays. The Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (Super-TIGER) balloon launched at 3:45 p.m. EST, Dec. 8 from the Long Duration Balloon site near McMurdo Station. It spent 55 days, 1 hour, and…

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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forceís next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the softwareís ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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Iran airs images allegedly extracted from U.S. drone

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Iranian FARS news agency released this photograph of what it claims is the production line of an Iranian copy of the U.S. ScanEagle drone. Iran’s state TV has broadcast footage allegedly extracted from the advanced CIA spy drone captured in 2011, the latest in a flurry of moves from Iranian authorities meant to underline…

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GA-ASI successfully tests prototype DDR aboard Predator B

Posted  February 8, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced Feb. 7 the successful flight test of a prototype of its Due Regard Radar, a company-funded air-to-air radar system that supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne Sense and Avoid architecture for Predator RPA. GA-ASI is a a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. Detecting…

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Army advances two airborne radios

Posted  February 8, 2013

As the Army continues to advance its new tactical radio strategy, it is building on lessons-learned from the Joint Tactical Radio System program to drive innovation in radios for service aircraft. Following the recent Department of Defense decision to disband the Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio System, known as JTRS, and transfer…

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Aerospace deals drive uptick in fourth quarter M&A activity

Posted  February 8, 2013

Total merger and acquisition value increased in the aerospace and defense sector in the fourth quarter of 2012, following an anemic first nine months of the year, according to Mission Control, a PwC U.S. quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector. Aerospace deals continued to represent the bulk…

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SecDef, Joint Chiefs chairman discuss carrier decisions

Posted  February 8, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey brief the press at the Pentagon. Panetta and Dempsey went in depth on the drastic effects of sequestration should it take effect at the end of March. Deep, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled…

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Boeing, SilkAir sign exclusive pilot training agreement

Posted  February 8, 2013

Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement Feb. 6. The training agreement will support SilkAir’s fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief Executive. “The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a smooth transition when we take…

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Panetta warns sequestration threatens national readiness

Posted  February 8, 2013

In some of his strongest language to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Feb. 6 that looming, massive cuts in the Defense Department budget set to be triggered by sequestration next month would pose the “most serious readiness crisis” to the country in over a decade. Panetta made the comments during a speech to…

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