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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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Machinists give Boeing 777X proposal for Wash.

Posted  December 13, 2013

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Dec. 11 it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company’s new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region. The proposal would secure wing fabrication…

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Boeing issues statement on IAM talks, plans South Carolina expansion activities

Posted  December 13, 2013

Boeing and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 have completed a third day of meetings following an attempt last month to secure a contract extension. Dec. 12, in response to a proposal presented Dec. 11 by the union to secure 777X work in the Puget Sound region, Boeing presented a best…

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Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian moon

Posted  December 13, 2013

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain…

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GA-ASI successfully tests SAA system components aboard Predator B

Posted  December 13, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Dec. 12 the completion of the first of several planned flight tests of a Sense and Avoid architecture and Self Separation functionality. This marks the first time the system has functioned as a true “system…

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Corps commander: Sequestration bites into readiness

Posted  December 13, 2013

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, yet charged with providing ready forces to support the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Sequestration has hit I Corps “pretty significantly,” Army Lt….

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Another C-130J Super Hercules rolls to The Rock

Posted  December 13, 2013

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another C-130J Super Hercules that was ferried from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga., by a U.S. Air Force crew, Dec. 12, 2013. The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command’s 19th Airlift Wing.

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Military communication improved as sixth Boeing-built Wideband Satellite enters service

Posted  December 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The sixth Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, funded by the Commonwealth of Australia – the program’s first partner outside the United States – has been delivered on orbit to the U.S. Air Force, boosting communications capabilities for the U.S. military and its allies. Australia’s funding of the spacecraft provided the Australian…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90 William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker’s family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Booker served as a navigator and flight…

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Headlines December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

News: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters - A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.   Business: Boeing must decide on F/A-18 production in March…

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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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