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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Basing of first U.S. Space Fence facility announced

Posted  September 25, 2012

The Air Force will base a Space Fence radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with initial operations capability planned for fiscal 2017. The Fence will provide a critical Space Surveillance Network capability needed to give warfighters the ability to maintain a full and accurate orbital catalog, ensure orbital safety…

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Northrop Grumman awarded contract to extend BACN communications connectivity to the tactical edge

Posted  September 25, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $20 million contract modification to add beyond-line-of-sight command and control (BLOS C2) capabilities to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) information gateway system, giving war fighters access to full-motion video, imagery, voice over Internet protocol and chat messages from multiple sources. BACN is part of the…

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Lockheed Martin-led team’s second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned U.S. Navy

Posted  September 25, 2012

The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22

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Boeing, ANA announce orders for 11 787-9 Dreamliners

Posted  September 25, 2012

Boeing and All Nippon Airlines have announced that the ANA Group has ordered an additional 11 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $2.7 billion at current list prices, bring the total number of 787s ANA has ordered to 66 airplanes consisting of 36 787-8s and 30 787-9s. “The improved fuel efficiency and greater seating capacity…

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NASA selects space launch system advanced development proposals

Posted  September 25, 2012

NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending…

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Northrop Grumman completes field installations of new B-2 radar system

Posted  September 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed ahead of schedule all field installations of a new radar system for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-2 stealth bombe

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR missile demonstrates ground launch capability in guided flight tests

Posted  September 25, 2012

Lockheed Martin recently conducted two separate DAGRÆ missile flight tests, successfully firing the missiles from a prototype pedestal launcher and hitting a stationary target. The tests, which took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., demonstrated DAGR’s capability as a ground-based weapon. In each flight test, an inert DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot…

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Raytheon MALD-J decoy goes 4-for-4 in operational flight tests

Posted  September 25, 2012

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon began operational testing of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD®-J). After completing a highly successful developmental test phase, the MALD-J team achieved four successful flights in four attempts. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched…

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World War II veterans share memories during conference

Posted  September 25, 2012

The first snow of the winter blanketed the German landscape below his P-51 Mustang, and as the young World War II pilot flew alongside others in formation, he noticed an important detail. . . .

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NASA’s Chandra shows milky way is surrounded by halo of hot gas

Posted  September 25, 2012

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years.

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