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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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Edwards Civ-Mil installs 2013 officers

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds James Welling, George Nagy, John Fergione, Cathy Hart, Julie Swayze, Aida O’Connor, Danny Bazzell, Robert Slade and Dr. Les Uhazy participate in the Civ-Mil 2013 Installation Dinner. Fergione was honored as Member of the Year for his contributions. O’Connor founded the group in 1989. The others were sworn in as…

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Jobs bill for vets bogs down in Senate

Posted  September 21, 2012

The Senate blocked legislation Sept. 19 that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country’s federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments. Republicans said the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of…

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Carter: Sequestration would have effect of ‘hidden tax’

Posted  September 21, 2012

Because it would lead to inefficiencies, the sequestration mechanism built into the Budget Control Act would amount to a hidden tax, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 20. “If sequestration happens, it is not only disruptive in many ways I’d love to describe, but it’s a hidden tax all by itself,” Carter said…

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PCS honors wife of veteran

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber The theme for this month’s PCS was model aviation and featured a hangar full of various model airplanes. Grace Wells is shown standing next to an RC B-17 model in honor of her husband Steve Wells. Plane Crazy Saturday, a monthly event at the Mojave Air and Spaceport was held Sept….

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Northrop Grumman to provide 44 additional STARLite radar systems for Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS

Posted  September 21, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply an additional 44 STARLite wide area surveillance radars for the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. STARLite features synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target indicator and dismount moving target indicator capabilities. Under the terms of the contract option, radar deliveries will begin in April 2013 and…

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VA fills first phase of veteran retraining program

Posted  September 21, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal 2012 under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for 54,000 slots available in fiscal 2013, VA officials announced Sept. 20. “The surge of veterans applying for VRAP demonstrates this program’s importance to provide unemployed…

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NASA Mars rover targets unusual rock en route to first destination

Posted  September 21, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity’s landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch…

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Panetta calls Beijing meetings ‘substantive, productive’

Posted  September 21, 2012

Visiting China at what he called a “very important moment” for the U.S.-China relationship, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Sept. 19 his meetings with key Chinese leaders here have been both substantive and productive. In a discussion with Chinese reporters and media representatives traveling with him, Panetta reviewed his meetings over two days with…

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First mobile app, Quakeshim share agency’s 2012 software award

Posted  September 21, 2012

NASA’s first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA’s 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency’s exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth. Software engineers…

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Boeing delivers Africa’s first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines

Posted  September 21, 2012

Boeing Sept. 20 delivered the first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines marking the first 777F to be operated by an African carrier. Today’s 777F is being leased to Ethiopian Airlines from GECAS. “This delivery marks another special day for Ethiopian Airlines and all of Ethiopia. We are not only becoming the first African carrier operating…

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