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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.

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI Space

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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New NASA-funded forecast system helps transoceanic flights avoid storms

Posted  December 12, 2012

A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research of Boulder, Colo., now is providing weather forecasts that can help flights avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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DOD approves grants for transportation improvements, replace schools on military installations

Posted  December 12, 2012

The Department of Defense announced Dec. 11 five grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment, including a $18.3 million grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. They also announced a $35,247,240 grant to Geary County Unified School District Number…

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Trial necessary to resolve claims from 2005 Boeing Wichita sale

Posted  December 12, 2012

A federal judge has ruled a trial is necessary to decide claims brought in a lawsuit by two unions arising from Boeing’s 2005 sale of its commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. The lawsuit was brought by the International Association of Machinists and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. In a 49-page…

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Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Posted  December 12, 2012

In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 11, officials said. The launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air…

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NASA awards contracts in next step toward safely launching American astronauts from U.S. soil

Posted  December 12, 2012

NASA announced Dec. 10 the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification of commercial spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the International Space Station. Advances made by these American companies during the first contract phase known…

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Dassault’s Falcon 2000S beats performance targets

Posted  December 12, 2012

When certified in early 2013, the final performance specifications for the Dassault Falcon 2000S will be substantially better than initially projected. An 18 month test program that lasted 350 flight hours over 150 flights demonstrated better than expected low speed performance, in particular. Landing distance at typical landing weight has been reduced to 2,315 feet,…

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Boeing California employees donate $420,000 to support veterans

Posted  December 12, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing employees in California have given nine nonprofit organizations there approximately $420,000 for programs that help ease veterans’ transitions to civilian life and employment. The recipients were Canine Companions for Independence, National Veterans Transition Service Inc., New Directions, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, U.S. Vets Initiative, Vanguard University, Veterans Valor Fund,…

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House Democrats, GOP embrace cuts in defense spending

Posted  December 12, 2012

Substantial reductions in military spending should be part of any budget deal that President Barack Obama negotiates with Congress to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, a group of House Republicans and Democrats said Dec. 10. With just three weeks to the double economic hit, 22 lawmakers endorsed further…

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AFA announces national conference, symposia dates for 2013

Posted  December 12, 2012

The Air Force Association has announced the 2013 dates for its three national conferences and symposia: Air Warfare Conference and Technology Exposition Feb. 20–22, 2013 Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, in Orlando, Fla. Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16–18, 2013 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Global Warfare Symposium…

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