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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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Boeing starting production of KC-46 tanker refueling boo

Posted  October 16, 2012

Boeing this week begins assembling the first refueling boom for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft in the KC-46 Boom Assembly Center that opened today at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. “We’re pleased that this facility opened on schedule,” said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager for Boeing. “The KC-46A…

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News briefs – October 15, 2012

Posted  October 15, 2012

Ohio’s GOP Senate hopeful urges review of U.S. bases   Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel says the U.S. should examine its overseas military installations and consider whether to close bases in Europe and elsewhere. The Republican contender said Oct. 11 there should be a review of foreign bases, similar to the domestic efforts of the…

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Sound barrier pioneer celebrates 65 years

Posted  October 15, 2012

Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ground breaking event with a re-enactment Oct. 14. Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Yeager was serving as a test pilot and flying the experimental Bell X-1 named the, “Glamorous Glennis,” Oct. 14,…

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NASA, United Launch Alliance complete space act agreement

Posted  October 15, 2012

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA’s Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. “The ULA team did…

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AAR to open new aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth, Minnesota

Posted  October 15, 2012

AAR, the leading North American provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services to commercial airlines announced Oct. 15 that it has passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification approval process for a new aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth, Minn. The certification process is a key regulatory milestone that paves the way for AAR to commence…

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RaeS hosts F-35 lecture

Posted  October 15, 2012

The Royal Aeronautical Society is hosting a lecture by Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin’s executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program, and Al Norman, Lockheed Martin F-35 chief test pilot Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is at the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. A reception commencing at 6 p.m. will…

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QinetiQ North America appoints National Systems senior VP

Posted  October 15, 2012

QinetiQ North America announced Oct. 15 the appointment of Bruce Feldman as senior vice president of the National Systems sector of the company’s Mission and Information Solutions operating unit. In this role, Feldman will manage technology development and service delivery for contracts supporting the Department of Defense and intelligence community. Prior to joining QNA, Feldman…

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Space command convenes accident investigation

Posted  October 15, 2012

Air Force Space Command commander Gen. William Shelton has ordered an Accident Investigation Board to investigate why a Delta IV RL-10B-2 upper stage engine did not perform as expected during the Oct. 4 launch of a GPS IIF satellite. “While the launch was ultimately successful, the time-honored rigor and earnest process of an AIB will…

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U.S., China to consider sharing resources during joint missions

Posted  October 15, 2012

In what U.S. Pacific Command’s logistics chief calls a groundbreaking development, officials from the United States and China plan to meet to discuss sharing logistical resources, including fuel, as they operate together during counterpiracy and humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions. The United States has officially extended the invitation for a team of senior Chinese…

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Boeing names senior defense executive in Colorado

Posted  October 15, 2012

Boeing has named retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Anthony (Tony) Przybyslawski executive director of Marketing for Air Force Network, Space and Strategic Systems, demonstrating the company’s commitment to effectively engaging with customers. Przybyslawski will be based in Colorado Springs and manage combatant command senior customer relationships with the Air Force and Army in Colorado…

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