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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Combat King reigns in the sky

Posted  November 16, 2012

An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. from Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 15. Aircraft number 5707 is the third of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform…

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Boeing receives environmental recognition from Wildlife Habitat Council

Posted  November 16, 2012

SIMI HILLS, Calif. — Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Southern California, once a rocket engine testing and energy research facility for the federal government, recently received the Wildlife Habitat Council’s prestigious Corporate Lands for Learning(tm) certification for providing public wildlife habitat preservation and restoration education programs. The Wildlife Habitat Council, which works with corporations…

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Mobil Wall honors Vietnam veterans

Posted  November 16, 2012

The Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Antelope Valley was on display at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park from Nov. 9-13. The wall contains 58,272 names of those soldiers that gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The Wall, which spans 252 feet, just under half the length of the Vietnam Veterans Wall…

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Boeing, Avianca announce order for three 787 Dreamliners

Posted  November 16, 2012

Boeing and Avianca Airlines, Colombia's flagship airline, Nov. 15 announced an order for three 787 Dreamliners.

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War baby encourages Hillview students to follow their dreams

Posted  November 16, 2012

Sharon Estill Taylor grew up loving a father she never new; he died when she was only three weeks old, shot down over East Germany while flying his Lightning P-38 on a combat mission during World War II.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy demonstrate precision, wireless ground handling of X-47B

Posted  November 16, 2012

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have taken a first critical step toward demonstrating that the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator can be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier. In early November, the team successfully completed its first shore-based trials of a new wireless, handheld device called a…

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Vice chairman commends business leaders for hiring Vets

Posted  November 16, 2012

Hiring veterans is neither an act of charity nor patriotism, but a smart choice, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told business leaders at the start of the fifth annual “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15. As keynote speaker…

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Ball Aerospace wins S-Band phased array demonstration for NASA Space Launch System

Posted  November 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected to develop its S-Band phased array antenna for the next-generation U.S. Space Launch System under a NASA Research Announcement. The Ball Reliable Advanced Integrated Network will deliver a single-solution prototype antenna that allows for sustained high data rate downlink from launch through mission completion. The high-performance antenna…

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World War II monument dedicated in Lancaster

Posted  November 16, 2012

Antelope Valley Veterans of ‘The Greatest Generation’ were honored with the unveiling of a World War II monument replica, Nov. 12 during a celebration at the Lancaster Cemetery Veterans Day. “With the average age of 92, World War II veterans are leaving us way too fast,” said Bob Alvis, president of the Friends of the…

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United Technologies Corp. announces Pratt & Whitney expansion at Florida facility

Posted  November 16, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced Nov. 15 that its Pratt & Whitney unit will expand manufacturing capabilities at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility. The formal announcement was made by UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert and Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a press conference at the West Palm Beach facility, which is…

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