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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib demonstrates accuracy during flight tests

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has fired eight precision-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. All eight rounds landed within five meters of the target, meeting stringent test objectives. “This program has made great achievements in a very short amount of time,” said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, the U.S. Army Excalibur program manager….

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Aerosonde small UAS log 168 flight hours in the Antarctic

Posted  October 24, 2012

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced Oct. 22 that its Aerosonde(R) Small Unmanned Aircraft System logged 168 flight hours in the frigid, harsh climate of Antarctica, supporting meteorological research by the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of Atmospheric and…

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Honeywell extends strategic relationship with Army for M1 Abrams support

Posted  October 24, 2012

Honeywell has been awarded two contracts worth a combined $221 million to continue its highly successful support of the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams main battle tank program. Honeywell’s AGT1500 vehicular gas turbine engine is the proven power source for the M1 Abrams and provides the tank with superior power and torque, low noise, and smokeless…

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NASA C-20A completes radar study of Pacific rim volcanoes

Posted  October 24, 2012

NASA photograph by John McGrath NASA’s modified Airborne Science C-20A is seen on the parking ramp at Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft, carrying the UAVSAR mounted in an undercarriage pod, was deployed to conduct a radar imaging mission of Japan’s active volcanoes. NASA’s Airborne Science C-20A aircraft, carrying a specialized synthetic…

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Boeing-COMAC Technology Center announces first biofuel research project

Posted  October 24, 2012

A newly formed technology center created by Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China has announced that Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology, Co., Ltd., will conduct the center’s first research project. HEET, a company with experience developing alternative energy technologies, will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into a component of sustainable aviation…

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Return to Recovery Glacier and second look at the Bellingshausen Sea

Posted  October 24, 2012

After two more successful surveys and a no-fly day for routine aircraft maintenance, NASA's IceBridge team was looking forward to getting back to the work of mapping land and sea ice in the Antarctic.

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Raytheon awarded $51 million from U.S. Army to produce and upgrade airborne radios

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon photograph Raytheon has been awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize future radios for the U.S. Army. The upgrade will significantly increase satellite capacity for soldiers. Raytheon has been awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize future radios for the U.S. Army. The modernization…

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Lockheed Martin adds persistent surveillance option to Dragon ISR configurations

Posted  October 24, 2012

Ever increasing threats and the need for force protection by systems that provide constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin to add a persistent surveillance option to its Dragon series of ISR systems. The latest member of Lockheed Martin’s Dragon Family of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance is Dragon Sentinel, an option that includes…

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Innovators wanted: Could you design the FANG vehicle?

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on innovators with expertise in designing and engineering drivetrain and mobility systems to collaboratively design elements of a new amphibious infantry vehicle, the Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle. Registration is now open for the FANG Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge, the first of three planned FANG Challenges, which is set…

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Northrop Grumman delivers new BACN-equipped Global Hawk to Air Force ahead of schedule

Posted  October 24, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered a Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to the U.S. Air Force carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node – expanding airborne communications and information sharing among military units in harsh environments. Northrop Grumman produced and delivered the system four months ahead of schedule as part of an ongoing BACN development,…

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