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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 receives contract for B61 tail kit assembly

Posted  November 28, 2012

Boeing will help to modernize the B61 free-fall ballistic munition by designing a new tail kit under a $178 million contract from the U.S. Air Force. The design, development and qualification phase of the B61 (Mod 12) Life Extension Program is expected to run for three years. The program further expands Boeing’s Direct Attack weapons…

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NASA seeks concepts for innovative uses of large space telescopes

Posted  November 28, 2012

NASA is exploring options for innovative and imaginative uses of two large space telescopes recently transferred to the agency. In a request for information published Nov. 26, NASA seeks information about system concepts and architectures that would take advantage of these assets to address NASA’s goals in astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary sciences, and human spaceflight. “Because…

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Rasmussen discusses Afghanistan progress, missiles for Turkey

Posted  November 28, 2012

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is confident Afghan security forces will be able to take full responsibility for Afghanistan’s security by the end of 2014, he said Nov. 26 during an interview with the Pentagon Channel. His confidence comes from discussions with senior Afghan and International Security Force officials during a recent visit to…

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Post-2014 Afghanistan troop levels remain undecided

Posted  November 28, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has yet to forward a recommendation to the White House on how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Nov. 26. “It’s entirely premature to speculate on troop numbers in Afghanistan between now and the end of 2014 or beyond,” he said….

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Boeing for U.S. Air Force INVENT program

Posted  November 28, 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems will work together with Boeing on the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Integrated Vehicle Energy Technology program to develop advanced actuation technology for future aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. will perform the research and development for this program at its Electronic Systems Center in Phoenix, Ariz. UTC…

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NASA seeks public’s input on improving digital communications

Posted  November 28, 2012

As its digital-communications team prepares for the next redesign of NASA.gov, NASA is asking the public for thoughts on what the agency should be doing on its website. NASA has set up a forum on Ideascale to allow users to submit, comment on and vote on ideas. Opened Nov. 19, the forum already has received…

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News Briefs November 26, 2012

Posted  November 26, 2012

Danes to buy Sikorsky combat helicopters   Denmark’s Defense Ministry says it will purchase nine Sikorsky Sea Hawk naval combat helicopters for $686 million. Minister Nick Haekkerup said in a statement Nov. 21 that the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin will be delivered in 2016-2018. The company is a division of Lockheed…

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QF-16 drone arrives for testing, prepares war fighters for tomorrow’s threats

Posted  November 26, 2012

The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the war fighter for tomorrow’s threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 19. “The work done prior to today and the test work that is forthcoming will enable the Air Force to…

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New DOD space policy addresses safety, security, access

Posted  November 26, 2012

The new Defense Department space policy, updated to reflect the fast-growing use and sometimes misuse of the space domain, addresses issues of safety, sustainability and security in space for the 21st century and beyond. The policy, signed Oct. 18, 2012, by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, follows the release in 2010 of President Barack…

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Panetta details steps needed to end al Qaeda threat

Posted  November 26, 2012

For the United States and its alliesending the al Qaeda threat calls for a modified military footprint, close work with partners and continued U.S. involvement in regions of the world where violent extremism has flourished, , Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said recently

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