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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Ballistic missile defense system successfully conducts largest missile defense flight test in history

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24. MDA, soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald; and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic…

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2012 Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

Posted  October 26, 2012

The average area covered by the Antarctic ozone hole this year was the second smallest in the last 20 years, according to data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites. Scientists attribute the change to warmer temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere. The ozone hole reached its maximum size Sept. 22, covering 8.2…

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Sikorsky chooses Altus, Okla., as site for full service flight, maintenance training academy

Posted  October 26, 2012

Sikorsky Aerospace Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aviation Training Consulting to establish an advanced flight and maintenance training academy, the Sikorsky Training Academy, in Altus, Okla. SAS is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “Many of our customers, particularly U.S. government agencies…

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Remains of two airmen lost in 1969 identified, honored

Posted  October 26, 2012

The remains of two airmen who died when their F-4D Phantom II was shot over Laos in 1969 were returned and honored at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors Oct. 19. Col. Wendell Keller, of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, of Fayetteville, Ark., were killed when their aircraft was hit by…

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GA-ASI successfully tests ADS-B surveillance system aboard Guardian

Posted  October 26, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 25 the successful demonstration of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-based surveillance system that provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness and supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator(R) B RPA. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. The…

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NASA-WPI 2013 robot prize competition registration open

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration and are seeking teams to compete in next year’s robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money. During the 2013 NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot can locate and retrieve geologic…

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Industry partnerships key to mobility strategy, official says

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Defense Department’s partnerships with industry, particularly in the mobile realm, are essential to its future success, the department’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure said Oct. 24. “I think that’s what’s going to make or break us in the future,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler…

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TransDigm to acquire Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems

Posted  October 26, 2012

TransDigm Group Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement with United Technologies Corporation to acquire the pump & engine control systems business of Goodrich (Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, for approximately $236 million in cash. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close late in the current…

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NASA spacecraft sees huge burp at Saturn after large storm

Posted  October 26, 2012

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet’s upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated, in addition to an indication the storm was more forceful than scientists previously thought. Data from Cassini’s composite infrared spectrometer instrument revealed the…

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DOD official encourages private-sector technology innovation

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Defense Department has stepped up efforts to encourage private-sector innovation and its adaptation into the federal government, a senior Pentagon official said Oct. 24. John R. Mills, DOD chief information officer special assistant for cybersecurity, described the department’s outreach strategy in a panel discussion during a Security Innovation Network workshop. “Our objective is to…

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