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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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NASA rover providing new weather, radiation data about Mars

Posted  November 16, 2012

Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet’s surface. Researchers using the car-sized mobile laboratory have identified transient whirlwinds, mapped winds in relation to slopes, tracked daily and seasonal changes in air pressure, and linked rhythmic changes in…

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Air Force, Raytheon successfully evaluate Ground Based Sense and Avoid capabilities

Posted  November 16, 2012

As the U.S. government prepares for unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System by 2015, the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon have conducted concept evaluation demonstrations that show existing air traffic control equipment could be modified to safely track the presence of nearby unmanned aircraft. Ground Based Sense and Avoid — based on the…

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NASA announces leadership changes at Glenn, Johnson

Posted  November 16, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced leadership changes Nov. 16 for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Johnson Space Center in Houston. James Free will succeed Ramon (Ray) Lugo as Glenn’s center director when Lugo retires in January. Free has served as Glenn’s deputy director since January 2011. Ellen Ochoa will succeed Michael Coats…

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SpaceX Grasshopper test

Posted  November 16, 2012

On Nov. 1, 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper – a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing vehicle – lifted nearly two stories in an 8-second duration test hop. The rocket rose 17.7 feet, hovered, and touched back down safely on the pad at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first…

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Moss Point, Miss., marks production of drone fuselage

Posted  November 16, 2012

Production has begun at a Northrop Grumman plant in Moss Point, Miss., on fuselages for a new line of surveillance drones. Officials marked the development with a Nov. 13 ceremony at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center. The Triton high-altitude surveillance drone being built for the Navy will be able to stay aloft for 24 hours, flying…

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A raft and a prayer

Posted  November 16, 2012

A typhoon named “Ida” took a crew of 31 sailors by surprise and sent their ship to the bottom of the ocean. This was the story of Bill Harrison in 1945 shortly after the conclusion of World War II. In honor of Veterans Day, Harrison was invited to share his story at a special “Salute…

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Students conduct live conversations with orbiting NASA astronauts

Posted  November 16, 2012

More than 9,500 student participants from the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program took part in a live video downlink with International Space Station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. The long-distance conversation took place Nov. 15 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The event was co-hosted with the…

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Boeing adapts innovative training technologies to F/A-18E, F-15E

Posted  November 16, 2012

Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is…

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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

Posted  November 16, 2012

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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