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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.

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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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Lockheed Martin’s EAPS completes auccessful miniature hit-to-kill interceptor flight fest

Posted  March 25, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Extended Area Protection and Survivability program successfully conducted the first Guided Test Flight to characterize the seeker, guidance, navigation and control systems of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor. The very small and agile interceptor is designed to defeat Rocket, Artillery and Mortar targets at ranges greatly exceeding those of current systems. The test was…

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New space station crew members to launch, dock the same day

Posted  March 25, 2013

Three new crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station on a six-hour flight to travel from the launch pad to their destination. Chris Cassidy of NASA, along with Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur…

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NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted  March 25, 2013

NASA is extending its contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., for 36 months. The option the agency chose to exercise has a total estimated value of $76 million and extends the period of…

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Army tests new parachutes with latest body armor

Posted  March 25, 2013

The Army is one step closer to marrying body armor and parachutes thanks to recent test jumps with a select few paratroopers here. In February, the Bragg-based Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate trained two-dozen scout paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, how to properly wear the new T-11 parachute…

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Northrop Grumman introduces new aircraft attitude, heading reference system for retrofit market

Posted  March 25, 2013

Northrop Grumman is introducing its new LCR-200 Attitude and Heading Reference System, based on micro-electromechanical systems technology, at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s International Convention and Trade Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from March 25-28. The LCR-200, which provides navigation information regarding an aircraft’s position, heading and attitude, features a high-performance, MEMS-based inertial measurement…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted  March 25, 2013

The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and…

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Planck mission brings universe into sharp focus

Posted  March 25, 2013

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck’s science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together…

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Raytheon consolidates businesses and announces key executive roles

Posted  March 25, 2013

Raytheon announced March 25 that it is consolidating its businesses to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. The Raytheon Company structure will consist of four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, resulting from the combination of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Raytheon Technical Services businesses; and the Integrated Defense…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA cargo ready for return to Earth

Posted  March 25, 2013

More than three weeks after arriving at the International Space Station, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft is ready for the trip back to Earth, now scheduled for March 26. Dragon’s originally scheduled March 25 return date was postponed due to inclement weather developing near its targeted splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean….

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AAR receives FAA repair station certification for New Mexico facility

Posted  March 25, 2013

AAR has received FAA Repair Station Certification for a local facility dedicated to maintaining the U.S. Department of Energyís National Nuclear Security Administration fleet of aircraft. The step enables the NNSA, which serves a vital role in national security, to comply with its specific FAA requirements, and it allows AARís Albuquerque team to operate as…

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