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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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News Briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

Fighter jet’s sonic booms rattle California’s Central Coast Officials at Edwards Air Force Base have confirmed that an F-22 fighter jet conducting a test flight was behind a series of sonic booms heard along California’s central coast. Authorities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties say they received several calls Thursday from residents…

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Boeing, China Airlines announce order for six 777s

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and China Airlines Dec. 21 announced an order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines' fleet.

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GenCorp Foundation annual donations used to inspire a new generation of scientists

Posted  December 28, 2012

The GenCorp Foundation, serving as the philanthropic arm of Aerojet, announced Dec. 20 that it distributed $604,345 in grants, scholarships and matching gifts in 12 communities across the United States this year. “We focus on STEM education with the goal of encouraging young people to look at future careers in engineering and technology,” said Chris…

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Northrop Grumman supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman missile test Launch

Posted  December 28, 2012

Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system last month. The tests demonstrate and support assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the weapon system.

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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted  December 28, 2012

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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Boeing to provide two more C-40A transport aircraft to US Navy

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing has received a $145 million order from the U.S. Navy for two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft, increasing the service's ability to move military personnel and cargo around the world.

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CURIOSITY creates virtual sun in a visual first to uncover its inner workings

Posted  December 28, 2012

A direct hit from a big solar storm could take out everything we rely on in our technological-driven world - from communications to banking to our water supply. But what do we really know about the sun and its inner workings? And are we prepared for the next major storm?

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Army’s strategic vision plan unveiled

Posted  December 28, 2012

This month the latest Army Capstone Concept was rolled out, a broad roadmap for how the Army will conduct future planning, organization and operations globally in support of the president's national security objectives.

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Contract briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

ViaSat receives $52 million contract for airborne ISR   ViaSat Inc. will provide broadband airborne satcom services for a U.S. government customer under a contract award valued at $52 million. The one year contract is a renewal for services already provided using ViaSat ArcLight® technology over a managed private network established in 2009 to support…

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Business briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

General Dynamics acquires Applied Physical Sciences Corp.   General Dynamics has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp. of Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price. Applied Physical Sciences is a leading provider of applied research and development services, and will complement the engineering programs of General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary…

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