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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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Every day is Veterans Day

Posted  November 7, 2012

When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors, but Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often times life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis. As Sandy was still wreaking devastation on the East Coast, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members mobilized on…

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Sentry UAVs launch first flight at Naval Postgraduate School

Posted  November 7, 2012

Demonstrating its growing partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, the Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office supported the institution’s “first flight” of a Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Oct. 19. Under a new agreement with NPS, PMA-226 manages nine Block 20 and five newer Block 30 Sentry UAVs, expanding the organization’s portfolio beyond manned aircraft. “The…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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NASA twin spacecraft create most accurate gravity map of Moon

Posted  December 5, 2012

Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, is allowing scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. Data from the two washing machine-sized spacecraft also will…

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Boeing demonstrates unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing demonstrated affordable unmanned aircraft technology Dec. 13 that could be integrated onto Republic of Korea Army MD 500 helicopters to expand the fleet’s mission capabilities. A Boeing Unmanned Little Bird demonstrator aircraft, a variant of the highly successful MD 500 helicopter, autonomously flew for approximately 25 minutes at the ROKA Aviation School in Nonsan….

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Boeing appoints Pratyush Kumar to lead Boeing business in India

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing Dec. 13 named Pratyush “Prat” Kumar as president of Boeing India, effective Dec. 14. He joins Boeing with significant business leadership experience and insight into the Indian market, having served in senior executive positions at GE Transportation since 2003. Kumar succeeds Dinesh Keskar, who earlier this year returned to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a…

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AETC declares Eglin ready for F-35 training

Posted  December 19, 2012

Following an independent evaluation of Eglin’s capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced Dec. 17 that the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., can do so starting January 2013. “The preliminary results provided by the Joint Operational Test Team show the F-35A aircraft and its pilot…

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F-35C completes first in-flight dual refueling

Posted  January 23, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft refueled together with a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Md. recently. The CV aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, completed the milestone as part of an F-35 flight test program…

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NASA seeks proposals for Edison small satellite demonstrations

Posted  February 6, 2012

NASA is seeking proposals for flight demonstrations of small satellite technologies with the goal of increasing the technical capabilities and range of uses for this emerging category of spacecraft. Small satellites typically weigh less than 400 pounds and are generally launched as secondary payloads on rockets carrying larger spacecraft. The small satellite category includes softball-sized…

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News Briefs February 2, 2012

Posted  February 6, 2012

Pilot error blamed for California Navy jet crash Pilot error is being blamed for the fatal crash last year of a Navy fighter jet near a Central California air base. Navy investigators say the plane’s pilot, 33-year-old Matthew Lowe, and weapons officer, 28-year-old Nathan Williams, did not execute a maneuver at the correct air speed…

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