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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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Boeing demonstrates unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing demonstrated affordable unmanned aircraft technology Dec. 13 that could be integrated onto Republic of Korea Army MD 500 helicopters to expand the fleet’s mission capabilities. A Boeing Unmanned Little Bird demonstrator aircraft, a variant of the highly successful MD 500 helicopter, autonomously flew for approximately 25 minutes at the ROKA Aviation School in Nonsan….

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NASA hosts social media event at TDRS-K launch in Florida

Posted  December 14, 2012

NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida….

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Posted  December 12, 2012

Lawmakers question gift of 20 F-16s to Morsi’s Egypt; Greece says Qatar eyeing investment in defense sector; Britain’s controversial unmanned drones are being flown by ‘poorly trained pilots who have just 25 hours training’; Robotic surgery gives soldier a new spring in his step; Rolls-Royce in bribery talks with Serious Fraud Office; Concorde 216: BAE…

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News Briefs December 12, 2012

Posted  December 12, 2012

U.S. sues employer over firing of N.Y. Army reservist The federal government has sued a New York communications company president and his company, saying they violated the law by firing an Army reservist because of military obligations. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan Dec. 10 sued Cohere Communications LLC and its president, Steven T. Francesco. They said…

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Posted  December 12, 2012

Bell-Boeing photograph Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron…

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Panetta arrives in Kabul to thank troops, meet with commanders

Posted  December 12, 2012

After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

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F-35B achieves milestone flight

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7. The flight marked the 1,000th developmental test flight for the F-35B Lightning II in the programís system development and demonstration phase. The F-35B is the Lightning II variant designed for…

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Arrival of last F-35C completes Patuxent River complement of Lightning II aircraft

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Aircraft CF-5, flown by Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks, takes off from the F-35 Lightning II manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 11. The aircraft, which arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., the same day, is the final permanently assigned F-35C for the Integrated Test Force at…

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United Technologies to sell Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Posted  December 12, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced Dec. 12 it has reached agreement to sell its Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit, currently part of Pratt & Whitney, to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Divesting Power Systems allows UTC to…

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Aerosonde unmanned air vehicle provides Marines ISR support

Posted  December 12, 2012

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó Marines in Afghanistan witnessed AAI Corp.ís Aerosonde Unmanned Air System first flight Dec. 2. under NAVAIRís Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services contract. AAI field services representatives conducted the nearly 10-hour mission and provided real-time full-motion video to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3. Under ISR services,…

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