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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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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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Virgin Galactic owner makes surprise visit to Mojave

Posted  November 14, 2012

Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, made a surprise visit to Mojave Air and Space Port Nov. 12. He complemented both Spaceship Co. and Scaled Composites on their achievements in producing and testing WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, bringing his vision of affordable manned access to space to reality. The Virgin Group and aab Investments PJS…

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U.S. Navy selects Lockheed Martin to modernize C-130T aircraft

Posted  November 14, 2012

The U.S. Naval Air Systems command awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract to integrate new avionics and software on multiple C-130T aircraft as part of its avionics upgrade program. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will incorporate the Department of Defense’s Future Airborne Capability Environment conformant cockpit, which gives the Navy unprecedented flexibility capability for…

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Student teams to build, fly rockets with onboard payloads for NASA rocketry challenge

Posted  November 14, 2012

Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Projects have announced the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will soar skyward in April during the space agency’s 2012-13 rocketry challenge. Representing schools in 26 states around the country, participating teams each will design and build a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload…

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Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship floated from dry dock

Posted  November 14, 2012

Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship completed its first float out operation at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Nov. 13. Designated T-MLP-1, the ship will be named USNS Montford Point, honoring African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Camp Montford Point, N.C, from 1942 to 1949. The first of…

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Lockheed Martin completes on orbit testing of second AEHF satellite

Posted  November 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have completed on-orbit testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite. Following successful spacecraft testing, Satellite Control Authority was turned over to the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for operations. The AEHF system provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected…

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Defense officials preview ‘Better Buying Power 2.0′ initiative

Posted  November 14, 2012

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter Nov. 13 unveiled a proposed new phase of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” initiative that since 2010 has shaped the department’s acquisition arm to “do more without more.” Carter told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that when he, as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, and then-Defense Secretary…

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President recognizes veterans’ service, sacrifice

Posted  November 14, 2012

President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns Nov. 11, and after thanking all veterans, he said more than a million warriors will transition back into civilian life over the next few years. “This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which there are no American troops fighting…

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Boeing increases 787 production rate

Posted  November 14, 2012

Boeing employees recently rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner built at the new rate of five-airplanes-per-month. The airplane is the 83rd 787 to be built. “This accomplishment, doubling our production rate in one year, is the result of the combined efforts of thousands of men and women across Boeing and at our partners,” said Larry…

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DARPA’s advanced Space Surveillance Telescope could be looking up from down under

Posted  November 14, 2012

DARPA’s ground-based Space Surveillance Telescope may soon head to Australia. An agreement reached this week with Australia’s Department of Defense will allow DARPA to take the 180,000-pound, three-mirror Mersenne-Schmidt telescope to Australia to track and catalogues space debris and objects unique to the space above that region of the world that could threaten DOD satellites….

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NASA television to air Soyuz landing Nov. 18

Posted  November 14, 2012

NASA Television will provide live coverage as three of the crew members on the International Space Station come back to Earth Nov. 18. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko will undock their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from the station,…

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