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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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U.S. strikes on Iran would risk major war

Posted  September 17, 2012

U.S. military strikes on Iran would shake the regime’s political control and damage its ability to launch counterstrikes, but the Iranians probably would manage to retaliate, directly and through surrogates, in ways that risked igniting all-out war in the Middle East, according to an assessment of an attack’s costs and benefits. The assessment said extended…

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Shipboard Interrogator Sets for U.S. Navy

Posted  September 17, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the fabrication, testing and delivery of AN/UPX-24(V) interrogator sets. Under the nearly $11.5 million follow-on production contract, Northrop Grumman will provide five AN/UPX-24(V) identification friend or foe (IFF)…

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Panetta addresses Osprey, territory disputes in Japan visit

Posted  September 17, 2012

On a day that he began in Japan and is finishing in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. The Osprey has been a controversial topic since the aircraft was…

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Live streaming of AFA’s annual conference available

Posted  September 17, 2012

The Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference is taking place at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 17-19. Select conference events will be streamed live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/onestory_embed_new.aspx?pid=HUkx_KPf_hCx46o_86lo9Ejnc6er4Gyp&width=720&height=423) and Air Force Link’s live video page (http://www.af.mil/live.asp). No video will be available at these links until the scheduled event times….

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News Briefs – September 13, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Defense contractor relocating to Albuquerque   Defense contractor Air USA is moving is corporate headquarters to New Mexico. Company officials joined Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry Sept. 12 to announce they are moving from Quincy, Ill., to Albuquerque. The company provides fighter jets and support teams for military training missions. It is expected…

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NASA, The Netherlands aerospace laboratory sign aviation agreements

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA’s Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Jaiwon Shin and National Aerospace Laboratory of The Netherlands General Director Michel Peters signed two cooperative agreements in the field of air traffic management in Amsterdam Sept. 13. “NASA and NLR share a mutual interest in optimizing airport surface traffic,” Shin said. “The collaborative research emanating from these two…

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Underwater construction team conducts assessment of USS Arizona memorial dock

Posted  September 14, 2012

Underwater Construction Team 2, from Port Hueneme, Calif., conducted an assessment of the chains holding the dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Sept. 11. “Today, we’re taking a look at the dock supports,” said Billy Crowe, Park Service diver for the World War II Valor in the Pacific museum….

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Boeing to demonstrate new, enduring capabilities 2012 AFA conference

Posted  September 14, 2012

Boeing will highlight a range of proven and affordable solutions for U.S. Air Force needs during the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference & Technology Exposition Sept. 17-19 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. “The annual AFA conference gives us an opportunity to hear from airmen about ways to…

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Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful PAC-3 Missile Flight Test at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  September 14, 2012

DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2012 – Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] PAC-3 Missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted an aerodynamic tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target in a test today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test included a ripple fire engagement, utilizing two PAC-3 Missiles against a single target. The first interceptor destroyed the target and…

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F-35A maintenance training on track

Posted  September 14, 2012

As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students – basic military training graduates – don’t begin training until January 2014, the two units in charge of F-35A maintenance training…

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