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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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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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Desert HS robotics team takes on its FIRST challenge

Posted  December 20, 2013

What initially started as a base-wide e-mail sent out in search of volunteers to help with the newly-formed Desert Jr. and Sr. High School Robotics Team has quickly turned into a success story that highlights the hard work of dedicated mentors and students.

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Boeing delivers first 747-8 with performance-improved engines

Posted  December 20, 2013

Boeing Dec. 18 delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s Performance Improvement Package. A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first 747 to deliver with the PIP engines. The engine is the first of the package’s three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer…

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NORAD to track Santa’s global journey

Posted  December 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Michael Kucharek Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children…

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NASA F/A-18 temporarily disappears from baseball stadium

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida and Ken Ulbrich The retired F/A-18A is carefully lifted off its pylon, it’s home for the past 17 years. The retired NASA F/A-18A aircraft that has served as an iconic landmark in front of “The†Hangar” – the Lancaster Municipal Stadium†ó†in Lancaster, Calif., for the past 17 years, was demounted from…

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Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest reaches key milestone

Posted  December 20, 2013

Lighter than its bulky predecessor, the Navy's redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest recently attained initial operational capability, a key milestone in the development of the life-saving equipment, the service announced Dec. 18.

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Army tests vehicle-mounted laser against multiple threats

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Army used a vehicle-mounted high-energy laser for the first time to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight.

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NASA taps 10 informal learning institutions for collaboration grants

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA has selected proposals from informal education institutions in 10 states to further its goal of attracting more students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They will share approximately $7.7 million in grants through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities. The organizations are located across…

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Lockheed appoints Michael A. Hamel as president of Commercial Ventures

Posted  December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin has appointed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel as president of Commercial Ventures, a major line of business within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Hamel reports to Rick F. Ambrose, Executive Vice President of LMSSC. Hamel succeeds Linda Reiners, who was named vice president of Corporate Ventures.  Hamel is responsible for…

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Operation Desert Fox

Posted  December 20, 2013

Recalling the 15th anniversary of the first B-1 combat operation

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NASA awards launch services contract for InSight mission

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars. InSight will launch in March 2016 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The total cost for NASA to…

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