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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.

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI Space

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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‘Saber Junction’ tests U.S., partners’ interoperability

Posted  October 16, 2012

At the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, and on more than 1,300 square miles in between them, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is engaging a complex enemy in the exercise dubbed Saber Junction.

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Quantum3D receives Lockheed Martin Aeronautics order for Mantis 3D Real-time Scene Management software

Posted  October 16, 2012

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of visual computing solutions for government and commercial applications, announced today that it has received an order from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for its Mantis Real-Time Scene Management software. Quantum3D’s Mantis software is a powerful simulation application, providing fixed- and rotary-wing flight, ground vehicle, tank, mission rehearsal, and sensor simulation, as…

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Boeing to build 702HP communications satellite for SES

Posted  October 16, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has been selected by SES S.A. to provide a new satellite that will expand direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services to the fast-growing markets of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. SES-9 – ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES…

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Aerojet achieves two million work hours without a lost-time injury milestone

Posted  October 16, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that its Sacramento, Calif., headquarters has achieved two million work hours without a lost-time injury. Aerojet’s Sacramento site reached the milestone Sept. 26. “To achieve this injury-free milestone takes not only an individual, but team effort, throughout our entire facility,” said Bob Werling, vice president of Sacramento operations….

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 16, 2012

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter crew chief SSgt. Darron Cothran (left) and a Lockheed Maintainer from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pull the wheel chalks on the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast…

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CalVet, State Library to launch library resource programs for vets

Posted  October 16, 2012

Volunteers needed at Redding, Bakersfield, and San Diego libraries The California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Library are joining forces to help California veterans get connected to the benefits and services they’ve earned through military service. This year long pilot program will create a Veterans Resource Center staffed by trained volunteers in…

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NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin completes rocket engine thrust chamber test

Posted  October 16, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue’s Reusable Booster System, the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test was part of Blue…

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Marine Corps Heritage Foundation accepting submissions for annual awards

Posted  October 16, 2012

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual awards program. Each year the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents awards honoring the outstanding, creative work of individuals in preserving and promulgating the Marine Corps’ history, traditions and culture. Marines and civilians alike may submit their own entries or the distinguished work of…

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Boeing, AFRL sodium guide star laser enhancing space situational awareness mission

Posted  October 16, 2012

Air Force photograph by R. Rugate A new, 50-watt sodium laser built by Boeing and the Air Force Research Laboratory began operating recently on a 3.5-meter telescope at Kirtland Air Force Base’s Starfire Optical Range, helping scientists and researchers to capture more accurate and detailed images of objects in Earth orbit. A sodium guide star…

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U.S. continues to send nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

Posted  October 16, 2012

The United States will continue to funnel nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, and urges the international community to unite against Bashar Assad’s regime, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Oct. 15. The State Department is providing $100 million worth of nonlethal aid to those seeking to overthrow Assad. The opposition in Syria rose after…

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