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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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Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

Posted  December 14, 2012

As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental Website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the war fighter. The new site, Defense Innovation Marketplace, is part of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative to save DOD money, said Jack Blackhurst, a “customer” of…

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Blue Angels releases 2013 show schedule

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has released their 2013 show schedule in which the Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 65 demonstrations at 32 locations. The 2013 show schedule is:   March 16: NAF El Centro, Calif. March 23-24 NAS Key West, Fla. April 6-7: MacDill AFB, Fla. April 13-14: NAS Corpus…

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Aerojet announces MRO management agreement

Posted  December 14, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Dec. 13 the recent signing of a multi-year master agreement with Storeroom Solutions, Inc. to deploy a flexible, integrated supply chain service model for all maintenance, repair and operations material requirements across the enterprise. This alliance will unify all operating site locations and aggregate the total spend under a single…

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Panetta signs order to deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey

Posted  December 14, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. Panetta signed the agreement en route to Turkey as he wrapped up a trip this week that…

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Thunderbirds release 2013 show schedule, prepare for 60th anniversary

Posted  December 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds announced their 2013 show schedule Dec. 11. In its 60th season, the team is slated to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 38 locations, including a six-week tour through the Pacific. The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick off its season…

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Leaders meet at Fort Sill to discuss unmanned aerial system threats

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. ground forces detect an enemy unmanned aircraft performing reconnaissance over their forward operating base. Now the soldiers must determine how to neutralize the Unmanned Aerial System threat: whether to jam the electronic signal from its ground controller, kill the ground controller or shoot down the Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS. This is a possible…

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Beating heart of J-2X engine finishes year of successful NASA tests

Posted  December 14, 2012

J-2X Powerpack Completes Testing NASA Dec. 13 took another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly, an important component of America’s next heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen…

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Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

Posted  December 14, 2012

Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35′s because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martin’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the government needs to ensure a balance between military and taxpayer interests. MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options…

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Lajes Field drawdown as part of force structuring announced

Posted  December 14, 2012

Department of Defense officials announced Dec. 13 that Lajes Field will transition from an air base wing to an air base group with a reduction of more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members by the end of fiscal year 2014. “The drawdown of the 65th Air Base Wing is part of a larger…

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Boeing appoints Pratyush Kumar to lead Boeing business in India

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing Dec. 13 named Pratyush “Prat” Kumar as president of Boeing India, effective Dec. 14. He joins Boeing with significant business leadership experience and insight into the Indian market, having served in senior executive positions at GE Transportation since 2003. Kumar succeeds Dinesh Keskar, who earlier this year returned to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a…

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