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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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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Aerospace and defense deal activity remains sluggish

Posted  August 14, 2012

Global aerospace and defense merger and acquisition activity remained down during the second quarter of 2012 compared to recent prior periods, according to Mission Control, a quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector by PwC US. Smaller deals drove the majority of deal activity in the second quarter…

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NASA Mars rover team hears from President Obama

Posted  August 14, 2012

President Barack Obama told the flight control team for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, “You made us all proud,” Aug. 13. Obama telephoned the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to congratulate JPL Director Charles Elachi and the Mars Science Laboratory team operating the rover, which landed on Mars a week ago….

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Universities go to space: NASA announces early career faculty space tech research grants

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA has announced the selection of 10 research efforts from the agency’s inaugural Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty solicitation. NASA will provide grants of as much as $200,000 per year for as long as three years in support of these faculty and their research in specific, high-priority technology areas. The selected faculty…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Ethiopian Airlines’ first 787-8

Posted  August 14, 2012

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner Aug. 14. “Today begins the first day in a new era of flying for our passengers and brings us even closer to our vision for the future, Vision 2025,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “We are pleased to be the…

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. Ciara Wymbs
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CMSAF kicks off AFSA convention

Posted  August 14, 2012

More than 1,300 U.S. Air Force enlisted airmen gathered in Jacksonville, Fla., to kick off the 2012 Air Force Sergeants Association Convention and Professional Airman Conference, Aug. 12....

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Army photograph by 1st Lt. Andrea Whitaker
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Harbormaster Command and Control Center manages chaotic maritime logistics traffic

Posted  August 14, 2012

A new highly mobile and tactically deployable system is being fielded by the Army to manage the often chaotic maritime supply traffic at harbors, shipping channels and beaches, ensuring route security as Army logistics transition from sea to shore...

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Lockheed Martin to authorize Canada’s Cascade Aerospace

Posted  August 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced Aug. 10 at the 50th anniversary Abbotsford International Air Show in British Columbia that Cascade Aerospace will be authorized as a C-130 Heavy Maintenance Center – only the second such center in the world. Cascade is currently a Hercules Service Center and conducts in-service support for Canada’s legacy CC-130 and new CC-130J…

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NASA finalizes contracts for NOAA’s JPSS-1 mission

Posted  August 13, 2012

NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 Satellite, NOAA’s second next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will follow the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite to maintain continuity of weather and environmental observations. The final contract…

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Forest Service requests more aircraft for firefighting operations

Posted  August 13, 2012

More forest fires in the western United States have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to call in two additional C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System. Those aircraft, expected to be operating by tomorrow, will come from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing in Cheyenne, Wyo., officials said. “This…

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Army photograph by Lt. Col. Deanna Bague
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Soldiers begin command post training for NIE 13.1

Posted  August 13, 2012

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, began honing their skills at the Mission Training Center the first week in August, in preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 13.1...

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