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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Defense

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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News Briefs – January 28, 2013

Posted  January 28, 2013

Britain deploys surveillance aircraft to Mali Britain’s military says it is deploying a spy plane to Mali to help with the French-led military intervention against the West African country’s Islamist rebels. The Ministry of Defense said it sent the Sentinel R-1 aircraft, a specially modified jet whose radar can be used to hunt ground targets,…

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First Presidential V-22 takes flight

Posted  January 28, 2013

Bell Helicopter photograph Aircraft 197, the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, hovers over the runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 22. The aircraft, crewed by pilot Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Bodwell, co-pilot Capt. William Thomas and crew chief Staff Sgt….

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Aerojet’s DACS powers successful enhanced EKV in non-intercept flight test

Posted  January 28, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its Divert and Attitude Control Subsystem on the modified Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle performed its mission-critical role in a planned non-intercept flight test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. The EKV DACS provided the critical trajectory adjustments to satisfy the mission objectives. During the flight test, the DACS performed as…

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Free Lynx flights to space offered by Axe men’s products

Posted  January 25, 2013

Flights aboard the XCOR Lynx II, which SXC has contracted to wet lease from Mojave based XCOR Aerospace, will be part of a major marketing campaign put on by Axe’s parent, Unilever.

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NASA telescope observes how sun stores, releases energy

Posted  January 25, 2013

A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun's magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now.

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Boeing appoints communications director for Russia/CIS

Posted  January 25, 2013

Boeing has appointed Elena Alexandrova as Communications director for Russia/CIS succeeding Dmitry Krol who has joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications in Seattle. Alexandrova will be responsible for the company’s communications strategy and partnerships with suppliers and customers to support the company’s business objectives in Russia. “Russia is a strategically important country for Boeing, from supporting…

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Bigelow expanding International Space Station contract announced

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Program has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, which is scheduled to arrive at the space station in 2015 for a two-year technology demonstration.

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SpaceX schedules its next ISS resupply mission

Posted  January 25, 2013

SpaceX has picked March 1 for the next launch of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The company requested the date from the Cape Canaveral, Fla., spaceport it uses for launching its Falcon rocket. This will be the third flight for a Falcon 9 rocket to ferry a Dragon cargo capsule. It will…

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NASA joins ESA’s ‘Dark Universe’ mission

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA has joined the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will launch in 2020 and spend six years mapping the locations and measuring the shapes of as many as 2 billion galaxies spread over more than one-third of the sky….

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New co-pays for TRICARE pharmacy customers

Posted  January 25, 2013

New co-payments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect soon. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase co-pays on brand name and non-formulary medications that are not filled at military clinics or hospitals. There is no increase to co-pays for generic medications. Increases will be effective sometime…

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