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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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Robots, take your mark The DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun! Will it include you?

Posted  October 31, 2012

Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The DARPA Robotics Challenge began Oct. 24. Will you be part of it? Over the next two years, teams will compete to develop and put to the test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response when a disaster strikes. Based on proposals submitted…

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Boeing, Aviation Capital Services announce commitment for 35 737 MAXs

Posted  October 31, 2012

Boeing and Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies announced Oct. 30 a commitment by Rostech to purchase 35 737 MAX airplanes. It is the first commitment for the 737 MAX from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Boeing and Aviation Capital Services will work to finalize the details…

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Film shows veterans reaching Himalayan peak

Posted  October 31, 2012

High Ground is a gripping portrayal of 11 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who join an expedition to climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan Mount Lobuche.

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Northrop Grumman to provide inertial navigation systems for Cessna’s Citation Sovereign business jets

Posted  October 31, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company to be a provider of gyro-compassing, hybrid inertial navigation systems for the 680 Citation Sovereign business jet aircraft.

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Dassault introduces the Falcon 2000LXS

Posted  October 31, 2012

Oct. 29, Dassault Falcon launched the Falcon 2000LXS, offering improved airport performance, payload and cabin comfort compared to the Falcon 2000LX which it will replace in 2014. The 4,000 nautical mile Falcon 2000LXS will allow operators to access more airports because of new full-length inboard slats which give the aircraft category-leading airport performance and balanced…

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Army researchers link ground robots for collaborative autonomy

Posted  October 31, 2012

Army photograph Jason Gregory and Jeffrey Twigg, both of U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, use their robotics expertise to explore ways to best operate autonomous systems in complex and unstructured situations like those soldiers encounter on the battlefield. Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make…

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Army’s Soldier Radio Waveform demonstrated on Raytheon’s next generation air, ground radios

Posted  October 31, 2012

In a key milestone, Raytheon has demonstrated the Soldier Radio Waveform on its new class of airborne and ground radio terminals, providing soldiers with another way to communicate across disparate networks. During the demonstration, users were able to send voice and data traffic between Raytheon’s terminal and another soldier radio running SRW. Raytheon is moving…

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Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 missile achieves 143 successful test flights

Posted  October 31, 2012

The U.S. Navy supported the Oct. 23 launch of a United Kingdom’s Royal Navy Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile built by Lockheed Martin. The unarmed missile was launched from the submerged Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant in the Atlantic Ocean. The test marked the 143rd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile…

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Honeywell, Cessna sign $800 million aviation equipment agreement

Posted  October 31, 2012

The Cessna Aircraft Co. has selected Honeywell to provide the most advanced environmental control systems, industry-leading LASEREF navigation and state-of-the-art communications systems for the new Cessna Citation Latitude and Cessna Citation Longitude aircraft. The new business is expected to be worth up to $800 million over the life of the program. “We’re excited to bring…

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Interorbital marks major milestone with rocket engine firing

Posted  October 31, 2012

Courtesy photograph GPRE 7.5KNTA Main Rocket Engine Test (October 28, 2012). Luminous desert sand vortices reflect the extreme brilliance of the rocket plume. On a calm clear High Desert October evening, Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket series’ main engine roared to life in its first hot-firing test in Mojave, Calif. The engine, the IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA…

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