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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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Team Apache announces nickname for the Apache Echo Model

Posted  January 16, 2013

The world’s most advanced and lethal attack helicopter received a nickname by Team Apache at the annual government-industry Team Apache meeting at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., Jan. 8. The Apache Project Office selected “Guardian” as the winning entry for the AH-64E Apache. The “AH-6E Apache Guardian” will be a distinction from the AH-64D…

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AERO Institute partners with AIAA to offer specialty courses for aerospace engineers

Posted  January 16, 2013

The AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is offering two new classes geared for engineers and aerospace professionals at the AERO Institute, 38256 Sierra Highway, Suite A in Palmdale. The classes are entitled “Optimal State Estimation” and “Mathematical Introduction to Integrated Navigations Systems with Applications” and…

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NASA awards Space Launch System advanced development grants

Posted  January 16, 2013

NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement to seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its…

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Headlines: January 14, 2013

Posted  January 14, 2013

Business Japan to probe fuel leaks on Boeing Dreamliner; Lockheed’s F-35 falls short of testing goals in 2012; Pentagon report cites ‘lack of maturity’ of Lockheed F-35 jet; Boeing’s 30,000-pound bunker-buster improved, U.S. says;   Defense Pentagon begins campaign to bust ‘myths’ about nominee Hagel; How would Hagel affect defense contractors?;   Space China’s space…

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State of the Air Force is ‘strong’

Posted  January 14, 2013

The Air Force's top leaders said Jan. 11 the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year.

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News Briefs – January 14, 2013

Posted  January 14, 2013

U.S. mission in Afghanistan to shift to support role President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is expected to shift to a support role later this spring – a few months earlier than expected. Obama and Karzai were speaking at a news conference Jan. 11 after meeting…

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NASA, Bigelow to discuss space station expandable module

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA, BIGELOW OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS SPACE STATION EXPANDABLE MODULE WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. “The International Space…

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NASA selects high-performing interns as student ambassadors

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA has inducted 86 top-performing interns into the 2013 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community, a vital component of the agency’s ongoing effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology research and interactive opportunities. This fifth group of student ambassadors, Cohort V, includes interns from 32 states and 70 different universities….

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Unilever buys 22 flights on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ suborbital spacecraft

Posted  January 14, 2013

Commercial spaceflight is entering the main stream and looking (and smelling) quite good! United Kingdom-based Unilever Group and Space Expedition Corporation announced a 22 flight purchase on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ Mark II suborbital spacecraft for Unilever’s space-themed AXEApolloô campaign for the AXEÆ brand of men’s cologne, body spray, shower gels and other personal care products….

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