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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.

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President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment,…

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First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum's Early Years Gallery July 21.

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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, for his bravery in combat at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.


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Teamwork leads to record-breaking achievement

Posted  July 23, 2012

A B-1B Lancer just made history. The aircraft swept through programmed depot maintenance in record-breaking time - just 129 flow days.

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NASA astronaut spins discs from space for Third Rock Radio

Posted  July 23, 2012

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host a two-hour special radio broadcast on the Internet radio station Third Rock Radio while aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth. “The Joe Show: New Rock from Space” will debut at 4 p.m., EDT, Aug. 3. Acaba, a fan of classic rock, will discuss his experiences aboard…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $156 million for continuing BACN mission support

Posted  July 23, 2012

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman two contract modifications totaling $156 million to continue operating and maintaining the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system in support of overseas contingency missions. Northrop Grumman was awarded a $106 million contract modification to extend the deployment and operation of BACN payloads installed in three E-11A Bombardier Global Express…

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MH-53 helicopter suffers aviation mishap, crashes

Posted  July 19, 2012

An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, July 19 while conducting heavy lift support operations.

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NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; two injured

Posted  July 19, 2012

A NATO helicopter crashed July 18 in western Afghanistan, injuring two troops serving with the U.S.-led military coalition, NATO said. No other information was disclosed about the crash in the relatively peaceful west. The crash is under investigation. Separately, NATO reported that a service member was killed July 17 during an insurgent attack in the…

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NASA partner United Launch Alliance completes two Atlas V reviews

Posted  July 19, 2012

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed a review of its Atlas V rocket to assess its compliance with NASA human spaceflight safety and performance requirements. ULA has partnered to launch Boeing’s CST-100, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser and Blue Origin’s Space Vehicle on missions to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA provided…

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United Kingdom accepts first international Lockheed Martin F-35

Posted  July 19, 2012

The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft in a July 19 ceremony with senior...

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NASA’s Mars Science Lab landing soon

Posted  July 19, 2012

For the most part, there was upbeat news about the Aug. 5 landing of the Mars Science Lab [Curiosity] discussed at a NASA July 16...

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Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines announce order for additional 777-200LR

Posted  July 19, 2012

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines July 29 announced an order for one additional 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner, adding to the airline’s fleet of five 777-200LRs. The order is valued at approximately $276 million at list price. “The 777-200LR has been a fantastic airplane for Ethiopian Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The performance and…

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AV students prepare to leave for Space Camp

Posted  July 19, 2012

Northrop Grumman Foundation will be sponsoring 48 middle school students and 16 middle schools teachers from across the country to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., this summer. Students attending Space Camp will participate in a “space adventure” building a launching rockets, experience weightlessness in an astronaut-training simulator…

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