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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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News Briefs November 13, 2013

Posted  November 13, 2013

Ordnance cleanup to begin near Fort Huachuca The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin removing unexploded ordnance from outside Fort Huachuca, Ariz., within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The two sites set for cleanup were once used as military testing ranges. The removal process is set to begin this week and…

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Candy Bomber drops in 65 years after Berlin Airlift

Posted  November 15, 2013

It was 1948, World War II was over and the Cold War had begun. For many German families, living conditions were tough and food was scarce. But for the children of Berlin, there was a glimmer of hope, and it came from the sky.

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Business

Airbus parent reports higher third quarter profit

Posted  November 15, 2013

Airbus parent company EADS said strong demand for its commercial aircraft helped its third-quarter profits increase by a hefty 45 percent. But the European jet maker warned Nov. 13 that its free cash flow, a measure of cash generated by a business, would be negative 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion) this year because of its…

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Manage defense spending through better buying power, not sequestration

Posted  November 15, 2013

It was a little over three years ago that then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates foresaw correctly that the days of increasing defense budgets were coming to an end. The nation confronted a looming fiscal crisis, and, as he famously put it in a speech at the Eisenhower Library, “The gusher has been turned off and…

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Welsh: Air Force will resist requirements drift in new bomber

Posted  November 15, 2013

The Air Forces long-range strike bomber program continues to ramp up, and senior leaders are determined that the platform will come in on budget and on time, the services top officer told the Defense Writers Group today. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the group that any change to the…

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NASA, Boeing finish tests of 757 vertical tail with advanced technology

Posted  November 15, 2013

NASA's Ames Research Center and NASA's Langley Research Center, in partnership with Boeing, have completed wind tunnel testing of a full-scale Boeing 757 vertical tail model equipped with active flow control technology.

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Boeing machinists reject contract proposal

Posted  November 15, 2013

Boeing machinists in the Northwest rejected a contentious contract proposal Wednesday that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs. The International Association of Machinists District 751 announced Nov. 13 that the proposal was rejected by 67 percent of the votes. Some union members had called for a no vote, protesting Boeing’s push to…

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates electronic attack capability on Group III unmanned aircraft

Posted  November 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman has integrated and employed an internal miniature electronic attack payload on the Bat unmanned aircraft, marking the first time that such a system was used in operation on a Group III (small, tactical) unmanned aircraft system.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

Posted  November 15, 2013

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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NASA seeks American small business proposals for high tech R&D

Posted  November 15, 2013

To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The SBIR and STTR Programs provide small businesses and nonprofit research institutions with opportunities to address specific technology gaps in NASA…

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