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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Headlines – February 10, 2014

Posted  February 10, 2014

News: White House pushes budget hike – The White House and Pentagon, after weeks of back-and-forth debate, appear ready to expand the Defense Department’s budget starting in 2016.  Iranian warships will sail to U.S. maritime borders – Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time in a…

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Veterans

Unknown World War II U.S. soldier receives France’s highest award

Posted  February 12, 2014

French President Francois Hollande has presented the Legion of Honor, France’s highest military award, to the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony was part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that led to the liberation of Europe.

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Space

NASA, ISS partners announce future crew members

Posted  February 12, 2014

NASA and its international partners have appointed crew members for a 2016 mission to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to launch in spring 2016 and return to Earth in fall 2016. He will join space station Expedition 47 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition…

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Business

Northrop Grumman names VP, controller for Aerospace Systems Sector

Posted  February 12, 2014

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman has appointed Thomas P. Mendez, Jr., vice president and controller of its Aerospace Systems sector. In this role, Mendez will be responsible for financial planning and analysis; financial reporting and accounting; budgets, rates and overhead management; government relations and compliance; resource management; and property administration for the sector. Mendez brings…

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Army leader’s visit to research lab gives insight into leap-ahead technologies

Posted  February 12, 2014

Army photograph by Conrad Johnson Dr. Gabriel Smith (left) briefs Gen. Dennis L. Via, the Army Materiel Command commanding general, on Piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate radio frequency microelectromechanical systems, or PZT RF MEMS, during the Feb. 7, 2014, tour of the laboratory in Adelphi, Md. Gen. Dennis L. Via, the U.S. Army Materiel Command Commanding…

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Space

NASA welcomes university participants to develop science payloads

Posted  February 12, 2014

Registration is open for NASA’s seventh annual RockOn! workshop to be held June 14-19 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. This workshop, offered in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia, engages university and community college students and faculty interested in learning how to develop science payloads for spaceflight. “This…

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Business

Ball Aerospace wins Air Force contract for ion velocity meter

Posted  February 12, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $5.8 million contract from the Defense Weather System Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, Calif., for the production of the Ion Velocity Meter under the U.S. Air Force Space Situational Awareness Environmental Monitoring program to fly aboard COSMIC-2, the Constellation Observing…

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Defense

64th Aggressors sharpen combat edge at Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 12, 2014

The red force's simulated enemy plays a critical role as the opposing force during Red Flag 14-1 by providing U.S. and coalition combat forces from around the world challenges for tomorrow's threats.

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Space

NASA technology to help develop noninvasive medical treatments

Posted  February 12, 2014

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency’s Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA’s research and technology to the public for use and development….

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Shaw’s Shooters roll’em at Red Flag 14-1: First 10 ‘combat’ sorties crucial to combat capability

Posted  February 12, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Joshua Kleinholz An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Feb. 4, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. A typical Red Flag exercise involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft, reconnaissance…

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