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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Embraer selects UTC Aerospace Systems wheels, brakes for second generation E-Jets

Posted  March 18, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. has been selected by Embraer to be the sole source supplier of wheels and carbon brakes for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet aircraft family. UTC Aerospace Systems will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business unit headquartered in Troy, Ohio. The new Second Generation E-Jets…

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Boeing selects GE as engine partner for 777X Studies

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing’s development study on improvements to the market-leading 777, known as 777X, will include GE as the engine partner on the twin-aisle airplane expected to enter service near the end of the decade. “This decision to work with GE going forward reflects the best match to the development program, schedule and airplane performance,” said Bob…

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Boeing provides details on 787 battery improvements

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing announced March 14 that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks. New enclosures for 787 batteries also are being built and will be installed…

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General discusses parameters of Quadrennial Defense Review

Posted  March 18, 2013

Work has begun on the Quadrennial Defense Review, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast believes the review can help leaders understand the security environment and tailor forces to best operate in a new world. Kwast heads the Air Force QDR office at the Pentagon and says this is a unique time for the…

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Pratt and Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] APU selected for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet

Posted  March 18, 2013

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s* APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit has been selected by Embraer for its second generation E-Jet. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Embraer and provide our APS2600[E] APU for the second generation E-Jet,” said Eileen P. Drake, vice president and general…

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Boeing 747-8 serves 100th airport

Posted  March 18, 2013

The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait March 17.

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Air Force endorses Raytheon’s Center Display Unit for F-16 cockpits

Posted  March 18, 2013

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has received U.S. Air Force endorsement of its Center Display Unit as the F-16’s primary flight reference. Following the endorsement late last year, the Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract for full-rate production of the first 100 CDUs. A PFR is a requirement in all…

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Nellis pilot first reservist to fly F-35

Posted  March 18, 2013

Air Force photograph Maj. Joseph Scholtz, (right) 706th Fighter Squadron operational test pilot, salutes Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, upon completion of his first training sortie in the F-35 II Lightning here Oct. 30, 2012. Scholtz is a reservist assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as the installation’s first qualified F-35 pilot….

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Europe remains strategically vital to U.S.

Posted  March 18, 2013

The top U.S. commander in Europe emphasized the importance of NATO and the United Statesí forward presence in Europe, while acknowledging that he continues to prod the allies to meet their financial defense commitments. Europe continues to matter greatly for the United States, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and supreme…

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at higher production rate

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. Boeing is in the process…

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