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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

Posted  January 24, 2014

Boeing has rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at the rate of 10 airplanes per month.

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ATK demonstrates high-power MegaFlex solar array for NASA

Posted  January 24, 2014

ATK demonstrated full deployment of a large MegaFlex solar array under a NASA contract to further the development of a high-power system to be used for future robotic and manned exploration missions. ATK’s 32 feet diameter Solar Electric Propulsion MegaFlex solar array design is capable of generating approximately 40kW of power with two wings when…

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PACOM keys capabilities to 21st-century Asia-Pacific

Posted  January 24, 2014

America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track, and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today’s weapon systems in what Pacom commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III calls “the most militarized region in the world.” Locklear briefed the press at the Pentagon Jan. 23 on Pacom’s progress…

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Pentagon to review strategic nuclear deterrence mission

Posted  January 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said Jan. 23. At a Pentagon press briefing, Kirby said the secretary still has confidence in the strategic deterrence force, but seeks to upgrade the entire…

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First manufacturing employees for Airbus Alabama assembly line start training in Germany

Posted  January 24, 2014

The first group of employees who will support the production processes for Airbus U.S.-based A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, Ala., reported for their on-the-job-training in Hamburg earlier this month. Over the next months, the manufacturing engineers, station managers and a quality manager will work alongside their counterparts in Germany to become familiar with production…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation announces new space plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Posted  January 24, 2014

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from…

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Northrop Grumman-built BAMS-D UAV surpasses 10,000 combat flying hours

Posted  January 24, 2014

The Northrop Grumman built unmanned demonstrator aircraft used for maritime surveillance missions by the U.S. Navy surpassed 10,000 combat flying hours supporting intelligence-gathering missions in the Middle East.

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Smarter robots likely in Army’s future, planners say

Posted  January 24, 2014

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez A Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle walks down the steps of the Pentagon during a technology display, in 2008. Unmanned robots already have proven their worth on the battlefield, neutralizing improvised explosive devices, and more capable ones are coming in the future, according to the commander of U.S. Army Training…

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Virgin Galactic announces successful test firings of new liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne

Posted  January 24, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced Jan. 23 that it has reached a significant milestone in the testing of a new family of liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne, the companys small satellite launch vehicle. As part of a rapid development program, Virgin Galactic has now hot-fired both a 3,500 lbf thrust…

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First Luke F-35 pilot training at Eglin

Posted  January 24, 2014

Flying is a concept that captures the imagination of some people at a very young age; hence the success of characters like Peter Pan, Superman and even a flying house in the 2009 movie "Up."

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