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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.

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short Defense

‘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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Air Force establishes full-time presence in Poland

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation Nov. 8. During a ceremony at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw, U.S. Air Force personnel flew the American flag, marking the establishment of a small unit dedicated to supporting multi-national…

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AAR sources, modifies 737-400s for Colombian Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

AAR has sourced and is modifying two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for Colombia’s Air Force, Fuerza Aerea Colombiana. The program is expected to generate approximately $31 million in the second half of the company’s current fiscal year. The program demonstrates AAR’s wide range of capabilities, which the company combines to create custom-tailored solutions for its commercial…

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NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from ISS

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA and the European Space Agency successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol to transmit messages and demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on…

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Iran lawmaker: U.S. drone violated airspace

Posted  November 9, 2012

A prominent Iranian parliament member said Nov. 9 that a U.S. drone violated Iran’s airspace a week ago, when the Pentagon says it was fired on. The U.S. maintains the pilotless craft was over international waters. Lawmaker Mohammad Saleh Jokar told state-owned yjc.ir news website that Iranian fighters shot at the U.S. drone because it…

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Putin reshuffles top Russian military officers

Posted  November 9, 2012

President Vladimir Putin Nov. 9 reshuffled the nation’s top military brass following the defense minister’s ouster, and instructed the new top military officer to be friendlier to Russia’s defense industries. Putin’s advice to Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov, appointed chief of the armed forces’ General Staff, appeared to shed more light on the reasons for the…

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Air Force senior leaders approve doctrine restructure

Posted  November 9, 2012

Officials at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., announce that by next fall, Air Force doctrine will be restructured, streamlined and accessible to anyone with an e-reader, smartphone or tablet. Dubbed “Doctrine Next,” the initiative overhauls doctrine development processes to better reflect Air Force and Joint “best…

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Calling all middle school students

Posted  November 9, 2012

Raytheon’s MathMovesU grant, scholarship program now open Raytheon is calling for submissions to its 2012-13 MathMovesU(r) Middle School Grant and Scholarship Program. To participate, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students nationwide are invited to illustrate the importance of math in the mission to Mars and in space exploration. Student submissions will be evaluated on creativity, originality,…

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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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Navy UCAS lab gives the fleet a glimpse at future carrier-based unmanned aircraft operations

Posted  November 7, 2012

Navy representatives recently participated in tests for the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration that will drive recommendations for digital messaging implementation and unmanned aircraft integration into the carrier environment. Air traffic controllers from USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln supported the final Human Systems Integration modeling and simulation testing at the N-UCAS Aviation/Ship Integration…

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News briefs, November 7th 2012

Posted  November 7, 2012

British prime minister in Gulf seeking to boost military ties   British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to expand military and trade links despite strained relations over probes into human rights issues. A main goal of Cameron’s trip to the two Gulf states is to push through…

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