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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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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 to christen assault ship America

Posted  October 18, 2012

The Navy will christen the amphibious assault ship, America, Oct. 20, during a 10 a.m., CDT, ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss.

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Academy inspires students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics

Posted  October 18, 2012

For students at the newly-opened Gregg Anderson Academy in Palmdale, Calif., a day of learning becomes a day of fun.

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ISS commercial supply by SpaceX successful but secondary payload lost

Posted  October 18, 2012

Falcon 9 launched the CRS-1 mission to the International Space Station right on time at 8:35 p.m., EDT, Oct. 7 - the first planned launch opportunity.

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New ARL thermoelectric technology, approaches to reclaim wasted energy

Posted  October 18, 2012

In one of its latest research projects, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is investigating thermoelectric properties of materials on the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial System, and techniques that could convert heat into energy.

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News Briefs – October 17, 2012

Posted  October 17, 2012

Tribe wants part of contaminated rocket lab   A California tribe wants part of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab where rocket engines were tested at the dawn of the Space Age. Boeing owns the majority of the 2,850-acre former Rocketdyne testing facility near Simi Valley where there was a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959….

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Lockheed Martin completes F-35 full mission simulator installation at Yuma

Posted  October 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin has marked the completion of the first F-35 Lightning II Full Mission Simulators at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The air station will be home to the first operational Marine Corps F-35 squadrons worldwide. Two of six planned Joint Strike Fighter FMS systems have been installed on site. The FMS installation and…

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Navy awards General Dynamics $459 million for nuclear-submarine support work

Posted  October 17, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $459 million contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work and engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of this award, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering and logistics support and research…

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Army awards Northrop Grumman contract to Modernize Joint Tactical Ground Station

Posted  October 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $31.2 million contract from the U.S. Army to modernize the Joint Tactical Ground Station and improve the war fighter’s theater missile warning capability. The pre-planned product improvement contract includes initial development with several optional production and sustainment efforts expected to continue through 2022. “Northrop Grumman has a longstanding relationship…

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U.S. partners with Israel for Exercise Austere Challenge

Posted  October 17, 2012

More than 3,500 American service members will join with Israeli allies for Exercise Austere Challenge 2012 in Israel next week, U.S. and Israeli officials said Oct. 17. The exercise will be conducted throughout Israel and off-shore, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin and Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Nitzan Nuriel said during a…

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Aerojet awarded green propulsion technology demonstration mission contract

Posted  October 17, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that it will demonstrate a reduced toxicity monopropellant blend that offers improved performance and simplified handling processes over hydrazine, the traditional propellant choice for spacecraft. Under contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., Aerojet will perform the technology demonstration mission, known as the Green Propellant…

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