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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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First Dutch F-35 pilot takes to skies

Posted  December 20, 2013

The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 18, in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.

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Orbital completes 40th consecutive successful suborbital research rocket mission for NASA

Posted  December 20, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced today that Orbital’s NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract II team at Wallops Island, Va., recently completed its 40th consecutive successful mission over the last 24 months for NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program. Orbital began operations as the NSROC II prime contractor in October 2010…

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Boeing delivers final focused lethality munition to U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Boeing delivered the 500th Focused Lethality Munition to the U.S. Air Force this month, completing the contract for the low-collateral-damage weapon 100 percent on time and on cost. “This Direct Attack FLM team not only delivered to our customer with remarkable efficiency, but also provided an important tool to protect the lives of U.S. and…

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NASA’s asteroid hunter spacecraft returns first images after reactivation

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, a spacecraft that made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets, has returned its first set of test images in preparation for a renewed mission.

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Future USS Milwaukee christened, launched; marks production milestone

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Navy, along with the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, christened and launched the future USS Milwaukee in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard, Marinette, Wisc., Dec. 18, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program.

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Headlines December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Defense: General orders review of tracking battlefield awards - The top U.S. commander for the Persian Gulf has ordered a review of how recommendations for battlefield awards are tracked by the Afghanistan command, which lost the paperwork for a Medal of Honor nominee and for other heroes.   Space: Gaia ‘billion-star surveyor’ lifts off - Europe has…

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Remains of U.S. soldier lost in Korean War come home

Posted  December 24, 2013

Sixty-three years after Army SFC Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport before dawn Dec. 20. Clara Gantt wept as she stood in the cold before the flag-draped casket that was carried from a…

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Pratt & Whitney, Boeing celebrate delivery of first PW4062 engines for KC-46 tankers

Posted  December 24, 2013

Pratt & Whitney and Boeing officials celebrated the delivery of the first PW4062 engines for the first KC-46 test aircraft during an event at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility last week. Howie Chandler, vice president of business development, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, and Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and program manager, KC-46 Tanker Program, addressed…

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Northrop Grumman, NASA fly Global Hawk to study Canadian Arctic

Posted  December 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman Corporation, the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and a team of international science organizations successfully flew a Northrop Grumman-produced NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system through Canadian airspace.

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Machinists to vote again on Boeing 777X offer

Posted  December 24, 2013

National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company’s latest offer. The lead negotiator for the union’s national headquarters, Rich Michalski, told The Seattle Times in a phone interview that a vote…

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