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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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NASA Chief Engineer Michael Ryschkewitsch to Lead Space Programs at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Posted  December 16, 2013

Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch, currently chief engineer at NASA, has been selected to lead the Space Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., starting in January. Ryschkewitsch, a highly regarded expert within the space science and engineering community, is presently responsible for the technical readiness of all NASA programs. He previously served…

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NASA rover results include first age measurement on Mars, help for human exploration

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars’ past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial…

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 100th F-35 Lightning II

Posted  December 16, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Alex Groves Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein accepts commemorative U.S. flag from Chris Felten, a Lockheed Martin F-35 production employee, at the 100th F-35 Inauguration. At a ceremony attended by more than 2,000 employees and guests, Lockheed Martin celebrated the production of its 100th F-35 Lightning II. Defense leaders Gen. Robin Rand,…

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Long-time MIA pilot’s remains found, laid to rest

Posted  December 16, 2013

Exactly 45 years after an Air Force pilot disappeared over Laos, his family finally had their chance to say their goodbyes in a repatriation ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13.

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Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs

Posted  December 16, 2013

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds…

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SSL selected to build high-power, multi-mission satellite AsiaSat 9

Posted  December 16, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited announced Dec. 16 the signing of a construction agreement for a high power, multi-mission satellite, AsiaSat 9, to be used for television broadcast, private networks and broadband services across the Asia Pacific. The satellite is expected to be launched in 2016. “SSL and AsiaSat have developed a…

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Sikorsky Innovations awarded contract for phase 1 DARPA X-plane program

Posted  December 16, 2013

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has won a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Northrop Grumman recognizes 32 suppliers

Posted  December 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman) has honored 32 suppliers for their outstanding performance in support of its Socio-Economic Business Programs (SEBP). This is the 23rd year that Northrop Grumman has recognized its suppliers with World Class Team awards for supporting the SEBP program, which strives to ensure that capable small businesses including small disadvantaged, woman-owned, veteran-owned and service-disabled…

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Future USS Jackson launches, marks production milestone

Posted  December 16, 2013

Navy illustration by Jay M. Chu An artistsí rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract to complete two more GPS III satellites

Posted  December 16, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin more than $200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. In February, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a fixed price $120 million contract to procure long lead parts for a second set…

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