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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Veteran reunions for September 2012

Posted  September 4, 2012

Sept. 3-5: 3rd A&E Pensacola, Fla. For more information, contact Dean Droz at (407) 957-2423 or email deandroz@yahoo.com.   Sept. 5-9: 504th Bomb Group (Tinian, 1945) Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, contact Kaz Barcynski at (252) 637-0587 or email mskb134@gmail.com.   Sept. 6-8: 20th Air Force (Guam) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact Rose Penrod…

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NASA Curiosity rover begins eastbound trek on Martian surface

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) Aug. 28, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s…

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XCOR plans to continue operations at Mojave Air & Space Port

Posted  September 4, 2012

Aug. 23, XCOR Aerospace announced they will be starting operations in Florida. That announcement, and an earlier one regarding operations in Midland, Texas, raised concerns about the future of XCOR at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. According to Andrew Nelson, XCOR’s chief operating officer, “We will have Mojave as an operational site…

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Military advisers reflect on Vietnam War experiences

Posted  September 4, 2012

Two former military advisers who served with Vietnamese units during the Vietnam War spoke about their experiences in the Pentagon Aug. 28 and shared their thoughts on advisory programs and counterinsurgency operations. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni and retired Army Lt. Col. James Willbanks took part in a panel discussion on “Advisers in the…

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Army’s newest general purpose round shows accuracy in rifle competition

Posted  September 4, 2012

The Army's new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round is performing well under combat conditions in Afghanistan, but how does it stack up during a rifle competition?

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News Briefs – August 29th, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Iran could open military site to visits Iran could allow representatives from non-aligned nations to visit a military site that the U.N. nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear ex-periments. Access for diplomats and others to the Parchin base would be an attempt by Iran to show openness during this week’s Non-Aligned Movement gathering, but it…

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Curiosity sending great photos, relays voice

Posted  August 31, 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover con-tinues functioning at more than 100 percent as it completes over three weeks on the Martian surface. Curiosity already is returning more data from the Martian surface than have all of NASA’s earlier rovers combined. “We have an international network of telecommunications relay orbiters bringing data back from Curiosity,” said the…

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Second AEHF satellite payload activated

Posted  August 31, 2012

ULA photograph AEHF-2 launches from from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was carried aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle. The U.S. Air Force successfully activated the AEHF-2 communications payload, Aug. 14. Payload activation was accomplished from the AEHF command and control site located at Schriever AFB, Colo….

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted  August 31, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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Fabrication of Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft for Webb Telescope moves forward

Posted  August 31, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth has completed a Critical Design Review for the structure that supports Webb’s data link to NASA’s ground station. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,…

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