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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 announces new screening of space program artifacts

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA again is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. This is the 16th screening of artifacts since 2009. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access…

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ATTREX campaign: Into the stratosphere for better climate science

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA is about to begin a multi-year airborne science campaign to investigate unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere and how its chemistry is changing Earth in a warming climate.

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NASA’s TDRS Flight 6, Built by Northrop Grumman, marks 20 years on orbit

Posted  January 25, 2013

The sixth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, surpassing its design life by a decade.

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World’s most powerful engine blazes path for Space Launch System advanced propulsion

Posted  January 25, 2013

To help develop the nation¹s future heavy lift rocket, NASA resurrected the world’s most powerful rocket engine ever flown – the mighty F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket – and test fired it’s gas generator today at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers ran the gas generator at the Marshall…

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Lockheed Martin names executive VP for Space Systems and executive VP IS&GS

Posted  January 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s board of directors has approved the appointment of Rick F. Ambrose, 54, to executive vice president of its Space Systems business, and Sondra L. Barbour, 50, to EVP of its Information Systems & Global Solutions business. The appointments are effective April 1, and follow announcements that Joanne Maguire, 58, EVP, Space Systems, and…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Symbol of Argentina’s decaying navy sinks in port Argentina’s defense chief says he’s ashamed over the sinking of a mothballed Navy destroyer, an incident that critics say reflects the abandonment of a once-proud fleet. The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been used for spare parts. The Navy said…

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US planes deliver French troops to Mali

Posted  January 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. James Richardson French soldiers march to a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of missions in the Republic of Mali in January 2013. The United States agreed to help France airlift troops and equipment into Mali. The U.S. Air Force began transporting French soldiers and military equipment Jan….

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Tunisia’s First C-130J Sees Daylight

Posted  January 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen Lockheed Martin has completed painting the first of two Tunisian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules. Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s. The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk supports studies on climate change

Posted  January 25, 2013

PALMDALE, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk is now conducting science missions to study the impact of atmospheric change on the Earth’s climate. The Global Hawk is collecting data and helping scientists learn more about the humidity and chemical composition of air entering the tropical tropopause layer of the atmosphere and its impact…

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418th FLTS prepares to test India’s first C-17 at Edwards

Posted  January 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft built for the Indian Air Force touches down on Runway 22L. The 418th Flight Test Squadron will begin aircraft inspection and routine flight testing for the next two months. With Boeing’s completion of the Indian Air Force’s first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft in early January…

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