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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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Marine Corps conducts operational assessment of G/ATOR system

Posted  December 4, 2013

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Marine Corps, has successfully conducted developmental testing and supported two Weapons and Tactics Instruction vents at Marine Air Control Squadron Yuma, Ariz., over the past 10 months. These events supported the operational assessment of the G/ATOR system for Milestone C….

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Supernova blast provides clues to determining age of binary star system

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA image Illustration of Circinus X-1, an X-ray binary star system. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 – an X-ray binary – is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. As the name suggests, X-ray binaries are…

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Northrop Grumman begins on-time production of first NATO Global Hawk

Posted  December 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Jim Edge, general manager for the NATO AGS Management Agency, addresses employees and guests during a ceremony to commemorate the start of the first NATO AGS aircraft. The first NATO AGS aircraft started production on Dec. 3 at Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point, Miss.,…

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Headlines December 4, 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

News SpaceX launches SES commercial TV satellite for Asia The U.S. SpaceX company has announced its intention to take a big slice of the market for launching the world’s TV and telecoms satellites. The California outfit has just launched a new platform for satellite operator SES to serve its growing customer base in India and…

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News Briefs December 4, 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

Some Air Force recruits in Texas take abuse survey Recruits at a Texas Air Force base where more than two dozen instructors were convicted of sexual abuse and other wrongdoing have been given a voluntary survey designed to help determine if the problems persist. Recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland began taking the survey in…

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President issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation

Posted  December 6, 2013

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here is the text of the presidentís proclamation: More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American…

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Boeing, Saab sign joint development agreement on T-X family of systems training competition

Posted  December 6, 2013

Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement to jointly develop and build a new advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging T-38 aircrew training system.

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Air Force awards Aerojet Rocketdyne medium class stage III demonstration contract

Posted  December 6, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 2 that it has been awarded a contract under the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Propulsion Applications Program to demonstrate a Medium Class Stage III motor with propulsion technologies that are applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a GenCorp company. The contract includes development, fabrication and…

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Vandenberg AFB launch propels nanosatellite into space

Posted  December 6, 2013

An Atlas V rocket launched Dec. 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space – and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world. The nanosatellite, about the size of a loaf of bread and weighing just 11 pounds, piggybacked…

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn Hexagon

Posted  December 6, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about…

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