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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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NASA selects top 96 asteroid initiative ideas

Posted  September 6, 2013

NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for…

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Official predicts bleak budget picture for fiscal 2014

Posted  September 6, 2013

Budget pressures mean defense acquisition workers’ lives “are going to stay difficult for a while,” their chief told the workforce at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this week, but he reminded them that they have a critical mission for the country. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, visited here Sept….

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey deploys refueling equipment in flight test

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker.

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CNO details Navy’s fiscal 2014 budget realities

Posted  September 6, 2013

Even without the uncertainty caused by budget negotiations, it will take years for the Navy to recover from the effects of sequestration, the chief of naval operations told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington Sept 5.

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Pratt & Whitney signs exclusive maintenance agreement with Transaero Airlines

Posted  September 6, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, has signed an exclusive eight-year maintenance services agreement with Transaero Airlines to provide engine overhaul services on the airline’s fleet of PW4000-112″ engines. The agreement is expected to be worth approximately $55 million over its life. Under the terms of the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will provide…

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News Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Vermont F-35 opponents ask city to block planes Opponents of a proposal that could base F-35 fighter planes at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport want city officials to refuse to allow the plane to be based there. The airport is located in South Burlington, but it is owned by Burlington. Opponents say the Burlington City Council…

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Headlines September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

News: U.S. has bombs designed to ‘vaporize’ chemical, biological weapons -  If the United States takes part in a military strike on Syria, the Air Force will likely be using bombs designed specifically for the destruction of chemical and biological weapons. If successful, these weapons would “vaporize” stockpiles of deadly agents and stop any particles from…

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Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully mated with Antares rocket

Posted  September 9, 2013

  Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, successfully mated its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft to its Antares™ rocket Sept. 6 in preparation for its Sept. 17 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. This upcoming demonstration flight is the final milestone in…

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U.S. Army awards AeroVironment $36.7 million in new orders for switchblade tactical missile systems

Posted  September 9, 2013

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2013 ñ AeroVironment, Inc. announced Sept. 9 it has received orders valued at $36,746,304 under a contract for Switchbladeô tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support. The United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Program Executive Office Missiles and Space awarded these contract modifications. †AeroVironment and its strategic teammate for advanced…

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Northrop Grumman to develop cyber visualisation tools as part of U.K. research program

Posted  September 9, 2013

Northrop Grumman) has been retained by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to carry out a further phase of development of the N.Guru Cyber Situational Awareness System, the software application for the visualisation of cyber events for decision makers. The research project awarded by Dstl will be carried out by Northrop Grumman in partnership with…

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