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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Marks on Martian dunes may reveal tracks of dry ice Sleds

Posted  June 12, 2013

NASA research indicates† hunks of frozen carbon dioxide — dry ice — may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. Researchers deduced† this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance…

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Panel rejects request for military base closings

Posted  June 12, 2013

Another round of military base closings has hit a dead end. A Senate panel June 11 approved legislation rejecting the Defense Department’s request to shutter installations and facilities in the United States that are no longer needed as the military branches cut the number of troops in uniform. The House Armed Services Committee last week…

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NASA’s Chandra turns up black hole bonanza in galaxy next door

Posted  June 12, 2013

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered an unprecedented bonanza of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way.

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Hagel details budget request, calls for more base Closures

Posted  June 12, 2013

Sequestration and the need for another base closure and realignment commission headlined Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelís testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committeeís defense subcommittee June 11. Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the presidentís request for $526.6 billion for the Defense Departmentís fiscal year 2014…

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Army researchers chase helicopter performance gains

Posted  June 12, 2013

A new study by Army researchers looks at inserting carbon nanotubes into the structural design of helicopter rotor blades to improve performance.

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Wyle to provide engineering analyses for U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology

Posted  June 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract worth $4.6 million to provide engineering analyses for the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology’s Department of Systems Engineering and Management located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The award was made by the Defense Technical Information Center in collaboration with the Air…

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News Briefs June 10, 2013

Posted  June 10, 2013

Camp Pendleton unveils tribute to Afghanistan dead A memorial honoring 89 Marines and Navy medical corspmen killed in Afghanistan has been unveiled in Southern California. Friends, family and comrades were on hand June 6 at the Camp Pendleton Marine base for the dedication of a granite slab. It bears the names of 5th Marine Regiment…

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Headlines June 10, 2013

Posted  June 10, 2013

News Growing concern over U.S. military components made in China The Pentagon is becoming increasingly worried about relying on military components that are made in China. Business U.S. clears GenCorps, Rocketdyne deal after DOD request Aerospace company GenCorp Inc. has been given U.S. antitrust approval to buy rocket engine manufacturer Rocketdyne at the request of…

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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 supplier in Israel delivers first advanced composite component from FMS

Posted  June 10, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman Corporation’s supplier in Israel – Elbit Systems-Cyclone – delivered its first advanced composite component for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman. This delivery is a significant milestone for the F-35 program, as it is the first composite part manufactured by…

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Advanced drone, aerospace business remains in South Africa

Posted  June 10, 2013

One of Africa’s oldest aerospace companies, Advanced Technology and Engineering Company (ATE), manufacturers of high-tech products for the global defense industry, has been saved from liquidation with vital technology and skills now staying in Africa, thanks to the acquisition by Africa’s largest privately owned defense and aerospace business, Paramount Group. Ownership of the aeronautical engineering…

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