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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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Boeing projects $820 billion market for 7,290 new airplanes in North America

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,290 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $820 billion. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,650 airplanes today to about 8,830 airplanes by 2031. “The North American commercial aviation market…

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Northrop Grumman provides Azusa elementary students with needed school supplies

Posted  October 26, 2012

AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman’s Azusa, Calif., campus recently concluded its third annual pencil box drive to benefit the Azusa Unified School District’s Mountain View Elementary School. “Thanks to the charitable efforts by employees at the Azusa campus, every student at Mountain View now has needed items such as pencils, crayons, rulers and many other…

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Lockheed Martin ATC develops revolutionary nanotechnology copper solder

Posted  October 26, 2012

Scientists in the Advanced Materials and Nanosystems directorate at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., have developed a revolutionary nanotechnology copper-based electrical interconnect material, or solder, that can be processed around 200 degrees Celsius. Once fully optimized, the CuantumFuse(tm) solder material is expected to produce joints with up to…

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NASA selects early stage innovation proposals from 10 universities

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early-stage space technologies designed to improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. The 1-year grants are worth approximately $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science…

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NASA Dryden F/A-18 to chase ‘FaINT’ sonic booms

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA photograph by Jim Ross NASA’s F/A-18B mission support aircraft 852 is pictured flying over the high desert near the Tehachapi Mountains northwest of Mojave, Calif. The aircraft will be flying a series of low-supersonic, high-altitude flight profiles during the Farfield Investigation of No Boom Threshold, or FaINT, flight research project at NASA Dryden. NASA’s…

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Life extension programs modernize ICBMs

Posted  October 26, 2012

Fifty years ago, officials deployed the first Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to the missile fields in support of the strategic deterrence mission. Five decades later, these missiles are still in place, providing safe, secure and effective strategic nuclear deterrence. Since it first deployed, a number of state-of-the-art improvements and modernization programs have helped the…

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Youngest Boeing B-52 Stratofortress achieves 50 years of service

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boeing Oct. 26 marks 50 years since the company delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76…

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News Briefs – October 24, 2012

Posted  October 24, 2012

United Kingdom to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan The British military says it is doubling the size of its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan to 10 with the purchase of a batch of new Reapers. The Ministry of Defense said late Oct. 22 that five recently-purchased unmanned aerial vehicles would be remotely operated…

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Northrop Grumman advanced shipboard electronic systems to enter service

Posted  October 24, 2012

Northrop Grumman has provided the advanced communication, sensor and navigation systems installed on the first of two new offshore support vessels being procured by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command on behalf of the Iraqi navy. NAVSEA accepted delivery of the first 60-meter multipurpose OSV, Al Basrah, in July for subsequent transfer to the Iraqi…

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Declassified document shows ‘real’ flying saucer

Posted  October 24, 2012

Air Force photograph When flown without tethers, the Avrocar was unstable and could reach top speed of only 35 mph. The grainy film showed a round ship floating out of a hangar. Its silver, aluminum exterior glinted in the sun as it hovered a few feet off the ground. As it glided over a pool…

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