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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Northrop Grumman, ITT Exelis partner for U.S. Navy’s next gen jammer

Posted  November 2, 2012

Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis are teaming to bring together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program. The two companies have been involved in electronic warfare and airborne electronic attack technological development since the 1960s, making them well positioned to compete for the next phase of…

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Boeing opens first System Integration Lab for KC-46 tanker program

Posted  November 2, 2012

Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. “Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing’s commitment to executing on this contract,” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46…

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Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules variants declared ‘mission capable’ after Air Force testing

Posted  November 2, 2012

The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as “Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable” by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The U.S. Air Force is currently recapitalizing the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C 130J variants. The HC-130J is the personnel…

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Spot the space station over your backyard with new NASA service

Posted  November 2, 2012

On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA announced Nov. 2 a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before…

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Spirit AeroSystems posts loss on productivity woes

Posted  November 2, 2012

Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. Nov. 1 posted a third-quarter loss on charges due to production setbacks for several aircraft. The Wichita, Kansas, company booked $590 million in charges during the third quarter, which it announced last month. The complexity in developing some products drove up supplier, factory and labor costs, it said. The…

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Soldiers’ suit of Iraq War contractor goes to jury

Posted  November 2, 2012

Jurors will decide whether an Iraq War contractor is responsible for respiratory ailments and the fear of future illness that Oregon National Guard soldiers blame on a carcinogen present at a water plant they were tasked to defend. The contractor says the substance was in concentrations so small it was harmless. Attorneys for 12 Oregon…

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NASA’s Fermi measures cosmic ‘fog’ produced by ancient starlight

Posted  November 2, 2012

NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation This plot shows the locations of 150 blazars (green dots) used in the EBL study. The background map shows the entire sky and was constructed from four years of gamma rays with energies above 10 billion electron volts detected by Fermi. The plane of our Milky Way galaxy runs along the middle…

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Boeing delivers Royal Australian Air Force’s sixth C-17

Posted  November 2, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the sixth Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 1 at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. The airlifter will be assigned to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, where it will help meet increased demand for airlift to support military, humanitarian…

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L-3 Communications third quarter net income falls 18 pct

Posted  November 2, 2012

L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. said Nov. 1 that its third-quarter net income fell 18 percent as the U.S. government cut back on defense spending. The New York-based defense contractor, which makes secure communications systems, earned $192 million, or $1.97 per share, down from $235 million, or $2.24 per share, in the same quarter last year….

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ESGR accepting nominations for 2013 SecDef employer support freedom award

Posted  November 2, 2012

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest award for civilian employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists,…

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