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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.

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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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Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale employees donate $60,000 to the USO

Posted  September 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman employees convert the Palmdale site’s manufacturing high bay into an assembly area for USO care packages. Employee-led fundraising activities over a span of just three months at Northrop’s Palmdale, Calif., site have netted more than $60,000 for men and women in the U.S. armed services. The site’s annual commitment to…

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Airmen certified for F-35 engine runs

Posted  September 25, 2012

An airman seated in an aircraft, surrounded by electronic displays, surveys the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II and begins rehearsed procedures that now feel comfortable. He feels the jet’s familiar rumble below as the engine roars to life on the flightline. If you imagined the person in the seat as a pilot, in this…

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Boeing delivers United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 25, 2012

Boeing and United Airlines announced Sept. 24 the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. United is the first airline in North America to take delivery of the 787. Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said, “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner. As we…

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Blue skies greet Endeavour, SCA at Edwards landing

Posted  September 21, 2012

A familiar sight appeared in the clear blue skies of the Mojave Desert as the space shuttle Endeavour and its modified NASA 747 carrier aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20.

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New President for SETP

Posted  September 21, 2012

Doug Benjamin will soon take the reins from SETP President Steve Rainey. Presently, a Boeing Chief Pilot for Military Transport and an engineering test pilot, Benjamin has a career spanning 34 years with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.

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AV Fairgrounds holds 21st Annual Salute to Youth

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber At this table, students learned about the Science Mission at NASA using a robotic arm to teach about the rover on Mars. Salute to Youth, Career Connection is a long-standing tradition for the Antelope Valley, Calif. The annual event is sponsored by the community to encourage students to learn more about…

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News Briefs – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Reservist, defense contractor plead not guilty   A military contractor and an Army reservist have pleaded not guilty to charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar scheme to win military contracts in Afghanistan. Prosecutors say defense contractor Michael L. Taylor is being held on a related federal complaint of trying to bribe an FBI agent…

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President nominates Vollrath as assistant Defense Secretary

Posted  September 21, 2012

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick E. Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath has been performing the position’s duties as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Before appointment to his current position in March, he had been president of Vollrath Consulting since 2006….

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USS Enterprise to inactivate after 51 years of service

Posted  September 21, 2012

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will inactivate Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the…

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