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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout on Wildfire and Climate Change

Posted  August 7, 2013

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States. A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows† the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring…

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Collaboration leads to new rocket propulsion technology

Posted  August 7, 2013

  A team of Army researchers developed a new gel-propellant engine called the vortex engine. Michael Nusca, Ph.D., Robert Michaels and Nathan Mathis were recently recognized by the Department of the Army with a 2012 Army Research and Development Outstanding Collaboration Award, or RDA, for their work titled, “Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the…

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