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Australia accepts new Boeing CH-47F Chinook aircraft

Boeing photograph Boeing has delivered the first two of seven CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army at a ceremony in Queensland. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout 2015. At a May 5 ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in northern Queensland, Australia commissioned their first two Boeing CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft….

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‘Futurist’ predicts Far East challenges for expeditionary Army

Cyber, electronic warfare and anti-satellite operations are just a few of the threats facing the United States in the Pacific, said a "futurist," who spoke recently at the Pentagon.

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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…


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Headlines April 29, 2015

Posted  April 29, 2015

News: Out of control Russian spacecraft plunging back to Earth – The Russian spacecraft that went rogue April 28 has already begun an unstoppable descent into Earth’s atmosphere, experts have claimed.   Business: V-22 tilt-rotor manufacturer Bell Helicopter to cut 1,100 jobs – Citing declining production of its V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft and a soft market for commercial…

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News Briefs April 29, 2015

Posted  April 29, 2015

High court rejects appeal from protester at military base The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a man who was convicted of protesting outside a military base in California. The justices April 27 let stand an appeals court ruling that said officials did not violate the First Amendment rights of John Dennis Apel when…

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Veterans

VA expands Choice Program eligibility, effective immediately

Posted  April 29, 2015

In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 24 that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been…

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Third armaments revolution set to unfold

Posted  April 29, 2015

Game-changer armament technologies come just once in a blue moon, said Michael Zoltoski, chief of the Army Research Lab's Lethality Division.

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Defense

Eglin to temporarily host Navy backup F-35C fleet

Posted  April 29, 2015

The Air Force recently signed an Addendum to the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Base Realignment and Closure 2014 record of decision for two temporary actions–shifting the primary runway to Runway 01/19 (RW 01/19) and allowing a temporary increase in previously limited F-35 operations for the construction-related closure of Runway 12/30, and the Department of…

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Space

NASA brings in small business for further development of hypervelocity vehicles

Posted  April 29, 2015

NASA has awarded the Entry Systems Technology Research and Development contract to Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., a small business in Hampton, Va. As NASA continues on its journey to Mars, the ESTRAD contract will provide engineering support for the development of technologies that will be used to design and fabricate vehicles that travel at hypervelocities…

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Unmanned K-MAX helo conducts first collaborative casualty evacuation

Posted  April 29, 2015

The unmanned K-MAX helicopter showcased its ability to safely transport a wounded warfighter during a demonstration in March 2015. Dangerous frontline operations call for a safe and efficient method to locate and evacuate wounded personnel. To address this critical need and help save lives, Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever…

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Business

Can you C an M?

Posted  April 29, 2015

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen The first C-5C to be modernized as an ìMî was ferried on April 28 by Maj. Gen. Timothy M. Zadalis, commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The C-5M will be delivered to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., after a stop at…

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NAWCWD counts down to fully operational T-Range

Posted  April 29, 2015

T-Range lead engineer Ty Walsh announced early March that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division T-Range will be fully operational within the next five months.

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AFRL thruster experiment to fly on X-37B

Posted  April 29, 2015

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Rapid Capabilities Office are collaborating to host a Hall thruster experiment onboard the X-37B flight vehicle.

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