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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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Northrop Grumman Remotec to begin delivering Titus robot in December

Posted  October 18, 2012

Northrop Grumman's subsidiary Remotec Inc. will begin deliveries in December of Titus(tm), the newest and smallest member of its Andros(tm) line of unmanned ground vehicles.

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The Spaceship Company now fully owned by Virgin Galactic

Posted  October 18, 2012

Virgin Galactic has taken 100 percent ownership of its sister company, The Spaceship Company, by acquiring the 30 percent stake held by Scaled Composites since TSC’s formation under a joint venture with Virgin Galactic in mid-2005. Financial terms have not been released. This acquisition marks the successful completion of a long-term strategy and signifies the…

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Raytheon awarded $45 million MK 54 torpedo contract

Posted  October 18, 2012

Raytheon has been awarded a $45.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK 54 lightweight torpedo hardware, test equipment, spares and related engineering and repair services for U.S. fleet inventory and in support of foreign military sales to the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy. The award represents an exercised option of a current…

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Army fields next-generation radarby Kris Osborn Army News Service

Posted  October 18, 2012

Several next-generation, mobile Counter Target Acquisition, or CTA radar systems are now able to provide Soldiers with a 360-degree protective envelope or warning capability against incoming enemy rocket, artillery and mortar fire, service officials said Oct. 10, at a Pentagon display.

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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

Posted  October 18, 2012

This week sees the completion of flight demonstrations demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft.

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New Curiosity instruments show surprising Mars rock

Posted  October 18, 2012

The first rock the new Curiosity instruments touched have presented a more varied composition than expected from previous missions. The rock also resembles some unusual rocks from Earth's interior

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SkySat balloon, payload launch impresses Army officials

Posted  October 18, 2012

The crisp early morning of Oct. 11 saw a number of hot air balloons in the sky above Colorado Springs Airport. However, one balloon had a particular mission and stood out from the rest.

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Northrop Grumman appoints James Culmo to lead new High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Enterprise

Posted  October 18, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation announced Oct. 18 it has appointed James Culmo vice president of the company’s newly-formed High-Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) Enterprise. In his new role, Culmo will lead the HALE Enterprise organization, comprising such signature unmanned programs as the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk; the EURO HAWK(r), the first high-altitude,…

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Flight Test Historical Foundation celebrates 30 years

Posted  October 18, 2012

A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Flight Test Historical Foundation and a reunion of Eagles took place Oct. 13 in the Grand ballroom at the University of Antelope Valley.

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Bikers raise money for Fallen Heroes

Posted  October 18, 2012

High gas prices didn't curtail more than 300 registered riders and other guests attending the 10th annual High Desert Fallen Heroes poker run held Oct. 7, at Harley-Davidson in Lancaster, Calif.

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