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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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GA-ASI, Northrop showcase additional unmanned electronic attack capabilities

Posted  January 22, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 22 the second successful demonstration of PredatorÆ B/MQ-9 Reapers Electronic Attack capability featuring Northrop Grummans new Pandora Electronic Warfare system at the U.S. Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor course held at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 22. GA ASI is a leading…

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News Briefs January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Dead woman identified in homicide at Nellis AFB Authorities have identified a 34-year-old woman found dead at Nellis Air Force, Nev., in a case that led to the arrest of her husband on a murder charge. The Clark County coroner says Theresa Rivera died of asphyxia Jan. 17 at home on Kevil Circle at the…

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Headlines – January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

News: Virgin Galactic goes supersonic - Not content with breaking its own previous altitude records, an incredible video of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reveals the latest test flight also managed to smash through the sound barrier. The video, taken by cameras placed on carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo, show SpaceShipTwo reaching its maximum velocity of Mach 1.4, approximately 767mph…

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NASA launches third generation communications satellite

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency’s TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m., EST, Jan. 23 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite – part of a network providing…

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Airbus Mobile assembly lineís first building taking shape

Posted  January 24, 2014

Airbus photograph With the placement of the final truss atop the roof this week, the construction of the first building in the Airbus Mobile Assembly Line complex has reached an important milestone. The entire ìskeletonî of the building can now be seen. This building is the Final Assembly Line Hangar, which is where A320 family…

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program. Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research…

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Army program secures critical component for artillery, mortar ammunition

Posted  January 24, 2014

Army photograph by Gertrud Zach Soldiers assigned to Bulldog Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, load a M777A2 Howitzer during 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s Maneuver Rehearsal Exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 13, 2013. The U.S. Army is nearing completion on a project to eliminate its dependency on foreign countries for a critical energetic…

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Boeing, UAE partners look to harvest biofuel from desert plants

Posted  January 24, 2014

Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.

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Murder charge pending in wife slaying at Nellis

Posted  January 24, 2014

Prosecutors in Las Vegas are filing a murder charge against a 32-year-old Nellis Air Force Base technical sergeant who was arrested after he was found asleep and nearly unconscious in a home where investigators discovered the body of his wife beneath a blanket in the garage. Rickey Lee Massey Jr. is accused of strangling Theresa…

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover yields more data on changes to Mars’ environment

Posted  January 24, 2014

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

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