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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Navy to christen second Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County, named for three U.S. counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, which share the county’s name, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Women from Ackerman High School’s class of 1966,…

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BAE Systems, EADS confirm combination talks

Posted  September 14, 2012

U.K. defense contractor BAE Systems PLC and European aerospace company EADS NV announced Sept. 12 that they are in talks about combining their businesses. The deal would create a global aerospace and defense giant in a sector facing challenges and uncertainties amid cuts to government defense budgets in Europe and the United States. The merged…

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Mars rover Curiosity arm tests nearly complete

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity team is almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock. Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm’s precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions. During these activities, Curiosity has remained at…

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Missile Defense Agency, Air Force award Raytheon $125 million contract for early warning radar upgrade

Posted  September 12, 2012

The United States and its allies will soon have an enhanced ability to detect and defend against missile launches by hostile nations and entities. The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $125.3 million contract to modernize and add new capability to an Air Force early warning radar system. The upgraded EWR,…

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General Dynamics acquires Open Kernel Labs, Inc.

Posted  September 12, 2012

General Dynamics has acquired Open Kernel Labs, Inc., expanding its capabilities as a provider of secure mobile devices for public safety, civilian, military and commercial customers as well as in-vehicle infotainment systems for the commercial market. OK Labs, a Chicago-based, privately held corporation, is a leading provider of virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications…

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GA-ASI, Tesat partner to develop RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link

Posted  September 12, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Tesat-Spacecom, a world leader of space-based laser communication, announced Sept. 12 that they have signed a teaming agreement to combine their expertise in the field of RPA laser communication to demonstrate a high-rate RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link. “New sensors and increased RPA usage will create an increased bandwidth demand for…

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Congress courts veterans leading up to election

Posted  September 12, 2012

Congress is using its relatively few working days before November’s general election to send a message of support to the nation’s 21 million-plus veterans. No legislative breakthroughs are expected, but lawmakers in both parties hope the late push will help them make their case to a critical voting bloc. Senate Democrats are pushing President Barack…

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News Briefs – September 12, 2012

Posted  September 12, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,980 As of Sept. 11, 2012, at least 1,980 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,652 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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ATK awarded manufacturing development contract for XM25, individual semi-automatic airburst system

Posted  September 12, 2012

ATK received a $16.8 million engineering and manufacturing development contract modification from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier for its XM25, Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System. The contract funds the continuing design, integration, production and testing of fully functional systems to ensure the weapon’s final design meets performance requirements and is production-ready prior to fielding….

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NASA accepting applications for aeronautics scholarships

Posted  September 12, 2012

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2013. NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in an aeronautical engineering program or related field. Undergraduate students who have at least two years of…

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