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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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News Briefs – January 6, 2014

Posted  January 6, 2014

Florida space center home to secret spacecraft Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane. Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Jan. 3 that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program. An undisclosed number of workers…

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Headlines – January 6, 2014

Posted  January 6, 2014

News: U.S. troops prevented from helping even as al Qaeda overruns Iraqi cities - The U.S. has inserted 200 troops in Iraq since 2012, but they cannot directly help the Iraqi military repel a surge of al Qaeda fighters, even as the country succumbs to sectarian violence and insurgents claim control of two key cities.  U.S….

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Residents at local vet home their retirement years

Posted  January 8, 2014

Lawrence Hawkins is a man on a mission; Hawkins is the supervising rehabilitation therapist at the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., and his mission is to offer retired American veterans the very best quality that life has to offer for those who live at the local home.

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Boeing, Israel Aerospace Industries’ Arrow 3 Interceptor successfully completes second flight test

Posted  January 8, 2014

The next-generation Arrow 3 interceptor, co-developed by Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industriesí MLM Division, has completed its second successful flight test, further demonstrating its ability to enhance Israelís multi-tier anti-ballistic missile defense strategy. Arrow 3 is the latest interceptor for the Arrow Weapon System jointly developed by Israel and the United States. It can be…

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Picatinny counters unmanned aircraft system threats

Posted  January 8, 2014

Army photograph by Eric Kowal A Small class Unmanned Aerial System defeated by a prototype U.S. Army “gun-launched” munition was on display before the Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., in September. As the military use of unmanned aircraft systems has increased dramatically, including by entities that may pose a threat…

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NASA observatory selects educator teams for 2014 science flights

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months. Twelve two-person teams have been selected for SOFIA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, representing educators from 10 states. Each will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne infrared astronomy…

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Air Force, NASA to be featured at Outlook Conference

Posted  January 8, 2014

Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of the Air Force Test Center, and David McBride, director of NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center, both at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have accepted invitations from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade to address the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference. The 42nd annual conference will be held…

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NASA Dryden In 2013: Contributing to Aerospace Technology, Earth & Space Science

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., helped advance the agency’s overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2013.

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Recently reactivated NASA spacecraft spots its first new asteroid

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut down in 2011…

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B-52 upgrade to increase smart-weapons capacity

Posted  January 8, 2014

Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., will update ground maintenance and mission planning software in support of a new Air Force contract that will increase the B-52 Stratofortress's "smart-weapons" capacity by 50 percent.

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