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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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F-35A achieves maximum high angle of attack limit in four flights

Posted  November 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft rapidly expanded its high angle of attack (AOA) test envelope to its 50 degree limit in only four flights during recent flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. F-35A test aircraft are limited to AOAs of 20 degrees until their controllability is…

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NASA announces education research program award recipients

Posted  November 21, 2012

NASA has awarded $12.6 million to colleges and universities to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency’s mission. In addition to research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and support higher education students. The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. The program…

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News Briefs – November 19, 2012

Posted  November 19, 2012

Military: U.S. jet crash cause not lack of oxygen   The military says it doesn’t appear a failure of an F-22 fighter’s oxygen system caused the $190 million jet to crash in Florida. Air Force Col. David Graff said in a statement Nov. 16 that an initial review of the Nov 15 crash found the…

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F-35 leadership visits NAS Patuxent River test force

Posted  November 19, 2012

The program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II program and his deputy visited the integrated test force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Nov. 7, part of a series of similar tours around the country to the aircraftís development facilities. During the visit, program head Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet introduced his successor…

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NASA selects information technology flight operations support contract

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., to provide information technology support for systems that support a wide array of flight operations across the agency. NASA Aircraft Management Information System is an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity, contract managed at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The three-year base contract will be effective from…

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Lockheed Martin to demonstrate key component of tactical military satellite communications system

Posted  November 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin has been selected to apply its extensive experience with protected satellite communications to support a new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to demonstrate concepts that allow…

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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s historic Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905 points its nose skyward after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 24 on what is anticipated to be its final flight. One of NASA’s most familiar and recognizable aircraft, Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, has departed NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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Instrument delivered for NASA’s upcoming Mars mission

Posted  November 19, 2012

A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere has arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. “The Remote Sensing package team built a system that meets all technical requirements and delivered it on schedule…

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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman conducting Triton ground testing

Posted  November 19, 2012

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have added a second Triton unmanned aircraft to ground testing efforts in late September – part of an initial step in preparation for flight operations. Two Triton unmanned aircraft systems are being used to flight test and mature the system for operational use. Ground testing allows the team to…

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Upcoming reunions, November 2012

Posted  November 19, 2012

Nov. 28-30: Old Antarctic Explorer Assn. For more information, contact Bob Gaboury at (805) 322-3955 or email bobgaboury@gmail.com.  

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