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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Virgin Galactic reveals privately funded satellite launcher, confirms SpaceShipTwo poised for powered flight

Posted  July 11, 2012

July 11 during the Farnborough International Air Show 2012, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced “LauncherOne,” a new air-launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. With substantial funding already raised from Virgin Galactic’s partner aabar Investments PJS, and with commercial flights of this new orbital launch vehicle expected to begin…

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Raytheon to pursue U.S. Air Force deployable air traffic radar program

Posted  July 11, 2012

Raytheon, with a 60-year legacy in air traffic management, plans to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s Deployable Radar Approach Control program.

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DOD working to halt budget sequestration, Little says

Posted  July 11, 2012

The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration, a maneuver which would trigger massive, across the board cuts in defense spending, something Pentagon Press Secretary George Little described July 10 as an “absurd” situation. “We have daily discussions with the Office of Management and Budget on a range of budget issues,…

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News Briefs – July 11, 2012

Posted  July 11, 2012

Governor drops lawsuit over F-15 transfers Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana is dropping the state’s lawsuit against the Defense Department over plans to move the Montana National Guard’s F-15s to California. The move comes after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assured the state’s senators that the Air Force will halt scheduled transfers of aircraft until Congress…

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Tactical Air Defense Services receives first revenue from Super Tucano aircraft

Posted  July 11, 2012

Tactical Air Defense Services, Inc. has received its first revenue from the Embraer 314 Super Tucano aircraft in which it has an interest through a Services Agreement with Tactical Air Support, Inc. Tactical Air Defense Services is an Aerospace/Defense Services contractor that offers tactical aviation services, aircraft maintenance, and other Aerospace/Defense services to the United…

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Boeing, TUI Travel PLC sign long-term flight training agreement

Posted  July 11, 2012

Boeing and the Europe-based TUI Travel PLC have signed a five-year agreement to provide 787 Dreamliner flight, maintenance and cabin safety training.

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Royal Saudi Air Force selects Goodrich DB-110 Airborne Reconnaissance Systems

Posted  July 11, 2012

Goodrich Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide its advanced DB-110 airborne reconnaissance system for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15S Modernization Program. The Foreign Military Sale contract calls for Goodrich to provide 10 dual-band reconnaissance pods from its Westford, Mass., facility and five fixed, transportable and mobile ground exploitation…

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Eutelsat, Arianespace pursue their longstanding collaboration with the signature of a new launch contract

Posted  July 11, 2012

Consolidating a relationship now entering into its 30th year, Eutelsat Communications and Arianespace announced July 10 the conclusion of a new launch services contract for a future Eutelsat satellite. The assignment of the launch to a satellite will be made at a later stage. The contract for an Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space…

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Boeing P-8I begins flight test program

Posted  July 11, 2012

Boeing’s first P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy began its official flight test program July 7, taking off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 9:15 a.m. and landing three hours and 49 minutes later after demonstrating flying qualities and handling characteristics.

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Raytheon already meets 80 percent of US Air Force requirements for alternate satellite terminal program

Posted  July 11, 2012

Raytheon, which is competing for an alternate U.S. Air Force satellite terminal program, currently produces three Advanced Extremely High Frequency military terminals that already meet 80 percent of the Air Force’s requirements. Raytheon submitted a proposal to the Air Force in June for the Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals (FAB-T) alternate program,…

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