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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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Marine Corps places order for AeroVironment Raven small UAS

Posted  April 30, 2012

AeroVironment, Inc. received a firm fixed-price order valued at $3,653,519 March 15, 2012, from the U.S. Marine Corps through an existing U.S. Army contract. The order includes RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems and initial spares packages. The systems and spares were scheduled for delivery before April 17, 2012. The RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft system…

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Enterprise to fly over New York City metro area

Posted  April 26, 2012

NASA managers, in consultation with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, have selected April 27, to ferry space shuttle Enterprise from Washington Dulles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of…

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Lockheed Martin CEO Stevens plans to step down

Posted  April 26, 2012

Lockheed Martin said April 26 that CEO Bob Stevens plans to step down and that its president and chief operating officer, Chris Kubasik, will take on the role at the start of the new year. The announcement came as the aerospace and defense contractor reports its first-quarter earnings climbed 26 percent on a 6 percent…

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Lockheed Martin-built Blackbirds still draw the crowds

Posted  April 26, 2012

Neither the near 100-degree heat nor the ongoing Poppy Festival was enough to keep aircraft buffs away from the opportunity to view America’s two most famous spy planes on display at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, Calif. For the first time, the SR-71 and U-2D...

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Settlement clears way for cross in Mojave Desert

Posted  April 26, 2012

A veterans group can restore a memorial cross in California’s Mojave Desert under a court settlement that ends a decade-old legal battle, the National Park Service said April 24. A federal judge approved the lawsuit settlement April 24, permitting the park service to turn over a remote hilltop area known as Sunrise Rock to a…

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for U.S. Navy

Posted  April 26, 2012

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to produce the next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using the Bell 407 airframe. The new variant provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity to ship commander’s intelligence-gathering efforts. According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release on contract awards released April 23, the company will produce a…

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F-16s, MiGs engage over Bulgarian skies

Posted  April 26, 2012

U.S. pilots from the 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, have been given a rare opportunity to train and share experiences with Bulgarian air force MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots during their deployment to Graf Itnatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, in support...

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Aerojet completes testing of next-generation exploration thruster

Posted  April 26, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 26 that it successfully completed development testing of its MR-104H 100 lbf-class monopropellant hydrazine thruster. Working with Boeing Exploration Launch Systems and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Aerojet successfully completed environmental and hot-fire performance testing of the MR-104H in Redmond, Wash. The MR-104 product line matured under NASA’s Constellation…

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L-3 Communications first quarter beats street; shares surge

Posted  April 26, 2012

L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.’s net income edged lower in the first quarter as governments spent less on its services. It was still good enough to beat Wall Street expectations, however, and the defense contractor boosted its full-year earnings guidance as well, sending shares up 6 percent April 26. L-3′s net income for the three months…

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DOD to open new assignments for women in May

Posted  April 26, 2012

Policy changes announced in February opening more than 14,000 new assignments to women in uniform will take effect May 14, Defense Department officials said April 26. Officials issued a Pentagon press release confirming that two changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule can now move forward since the Congressionally-mandated notification period…

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