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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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Air Force leaders will deliver budget guidance to force in days

Posted  January 14, 2013

Air Force leaders will deliver guidance to the force in a few days to begin prudent planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said Jan. 11. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, briefed Pentagon reporters Jan. 11, on the state of their…

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Northrop Grumman, Cassidian fly first sensor-equipped Euro Hawk

Posted  January 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman and EADS Deutschland GmbH, operating through Cassidian, together achieved a major milestone July 11 with the first full system test flight of the EURO HAWKÆ unmanned aircraft system equipped with the signals intelligence advanced sensors for detection of radar and communication emitters. Cassidian is the defense and security division of EADS. The Euro…

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Paul Adams named COO of Pratt & Whitney

Posted  January 14, 2013

Pratt & Whitney announced Jan. 9 that Paul Adams, 51, is appointed Chief Operating Officer effective immediately and reporting to Pratt & Whitney President David P. Hess. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. “Pratt & Whitney is entering an exciting period with many programs in development and new products entering service…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA and its international partners have named several future International Space Station expedition crews. They include NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts. Swanson was born in Syracuse, N.Y., but considers Steamboat Springs, Colo., his hometown. Wiseman is from Baltimore and is a commander in the U.S. Navy. Wilmore, a captain…

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News Briefs: January 11, 2013

Posted  January 11, 2013

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report   The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel has released its 2012 annual report. This report is based on the panel’s 2012 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; center visits and meetings; direct observations of NASA operations and decision-making; discussions with NASA management, employees, and contractors; and the panel members’ past…

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Major NASA air pollution study to fly over California

Posted  January 11, 2013

A multi-year NASA airborne science mission is on its way to California to help scientists better understand how to measure and forecast air quality globally from space. Two NASA aircraft equipped with scientific instruments will fly over the San Joaquin Valley between Bakersfield and Fresno in January and February to measure air pollution. One aircraft…

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Newly-released governor’s budget includes additional CalVet funding

Posted  January 11, 2013

The 2013-14 Governor’s Budget released Jan. 10 includes funding that will help the California Department of Veterans Affairs continue to serve California veterans and their families. The proposed budget includes $27 million for the ongoing funding needed to open the Redding and Fresno Veterans Homes. These funds are in addition to the $9.4 million that…

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NASA prepares for launch of next Earth observation satellite

Posted  January 11, 2013

NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972….

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Officials announce TRICARE Prime service area changes

Posted  January 11, 2013

Active-duty service members and their families will be unaffected when long-delayed reductions to areas where the TRICARE Prime option is offered take place Oct. 1, TRICARE officials said Jan. 9. But as TRICARE seeks to synchronize service area shifts once staggered by contract delays, some military retirees and their dependents will be moved to TRICARE…

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Army assesses electromagnetic vulnerabilities

Posted  January 11, 2013

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility here is used to conduct experiments that address the electromagnetic vulnerability requirements of the U.S. Army Weapon and Communication-Electronics Systems.

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