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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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Aerojet initiates research program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Posted  September 5, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new fellowship for basic research in the aeronautical and aerospace sciences. The fellowship initial research will focus on the development of autonomous systems, which entails the theory and development of logic structures and control processes that…

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Boeing fatigue test to validate predicted life of B-1 bomber fleet

Posted  September 4, 2012

Boeing has begun a five-year fatigue test on the wing of a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber to validate the predicted life of the bomber fleet, currently forecasted to be 2050. The test also will reveal potential areas of concern for which Boeing and the Air Force can develop maintenance and repair plans. “This comprehensive…

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Aerojet Propulsion Systems to maneuver radiation belt storm probes

Posted  September 4, 2012

Aerojet announced Aug. 30 that United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V successfully lofted NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes on a two-year mission to explore the Van Allen belts. Each RBSP relies on an Aerojet integrated propulsion system that will be used throughout the mission to position the satellites. The Atlas V launching RBSP also used…

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Castleman talks about his career in Aviation Art.

Posted  September 4, 2012

For aviation artist Douglas "Doug" Castleman, aviation art was a perfect fit. Castleman received his degree in Fine Art from California State University, Northridge and went on to become an award-winning artist.....

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Dawn spacecraft prepares for trek toward dwarf planet

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta Sept. 5 to start its 2 1/2-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn began…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

Posted  September 4, 2012

Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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NORAD, Russia train to confront terrorist hijackings

Posted  September 4, 2012

It was a scene unthinkable even 30 years ago as U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries worked together this week at the North American Aerospace Command headquarters to confront a common enemy: terrorist hijackers.....

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Lancaster takes LEAPS towards a safer city

Posted  September 4, 2012

The City of Lancaster has officially launched the Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS), designed to aid the L.A. County Sheriff's department in fighting crime and providing quicker response times for other emergencies.

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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Boeing Winged Joint Direct Attack Munition completes first round of tests

Posted  September 4, 2012

A winged version of the Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition that will triple the weapon’s glide range to more than 40 miles is a step closer to production after completing wind tunnel tests at a U.S. facility in June. Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, the 500-pound JDAM Extended Range features a modular…

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