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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 12, 2013

If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders July 11. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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F-35 pilot cadre grows to 100 as training ramps up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted  July 12, 2013

Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight July 9. Millerís 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator…

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Air Force Reserve MAFFS C-130s, crews back in Colorado

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Daniel Butterfield Members of the Air Force Reserve Commandís 302nd Airlift Wing load a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System into a C-130 aircraft the morning of June 12. This marked the start of the 2013 MAFFS season for the 302nd AW. The aircraft dropped retardant on the…

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Boeing, Silk Airways announce order for two 747-8 freighters

Posted  July 12, 2013

Boeing and Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Baku, Azerbaijan, announced July 11 an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters valued at $704 million at current list prices. “Silk Way Airlines’ vision is to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in its fleet and services and continuing to increase its…

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Korean War veteran tells story of littlest survivors

Posted  July 12, 2013

The Korean War veteran who established the Korean War Children’s Memorial in Washington state will return to South Korea this July. Invited to Korea by Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo, George F. Drake, Ph.D., will return with other Korean War veterans for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. While serving as a…

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X-47B makes first arrested landing at sea

Posted  July 12, 2013

Navy photograph by PO3 Kevin J. Steinberg An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations…

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U.S.-China military ties growing, Pacom commander says

Posted  July 12, 2013

The military-to-military relationship between the United States and China is deepening in a quite commendableî way that may help improve overall engagement between the two countries, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told Pentagon reporters July 11. During a news briefing, Locklear said he has spent the week here taking…

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Lockheed Martin completes captive carry tests with LRASM, future U.S. Air Force, Navy missile

Posted  July 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year. The captive carry missions were flown aboard a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test…

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Experts recover military personnel records 40 years after fire

Posted  July 12, 2013

Photograph courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration A devastating July 12, 1973, fire at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis, shown in this file photo, destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records. Today, a special team at the center continues working to piece together the remnants, sometimes literally,…

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NASA, industry test additively manufactured rocket engine injector

Posted  July 12, 2013

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money. NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland conducted the successful tests for Aerojet Rocketdyne…

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