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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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News Briefs August 26, 2015

Posted  August 26, 2015

160 Marines in Bulgaria with tanks, artillery for training U.S. Marines accompanied by tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles have arrived in Bulgaria, part of a plan to train with allies to improve weapons skills and anti-armor tactics. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces said Aug. 25 some 160 Marines accompanied the tanks and artillery, which…

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Lockheed Martin makes tiny satellite cooling system

Posted  August 26, 2015

Lockheed Martin scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company’s effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and…

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Space Camp: Once in a lifetime experience

Posted  August 26, 2015

PALMDALE, Calif.–Amazing, inspiring and motivating were a few of the words Space Camp graduates Lauren Baker and Ethan Calderone used to describe their experience recent experience at Space Camp. Ethan Calderone, a Palmdale Aerospace Academy 8th grade student, saw Space Camp as a great opportunity. I find aerospace and astroscience extremely interesting and fun; and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers telescope structure for James Webb Space Telescope

Posted  August 26, 2015

Northrop Grumman delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. 

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Integration lab to support C-5 software, hardware upgrades

Posted  August 26, 2015

Air Force photograph by Tommie Horton The 402nd Software Maintenance Group has been tasked by the C-5 System Program Office with updating the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex C-5 System Integration Lab with installation of a new Core Mission Computer and Color Weather Radar. The tasking is in support of an effort by Lockheed Martin…

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Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

Posted  August 26, 2015

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24.

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SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly

Posted  August 26, 2015

Space Systems/Loral announced Aug. 26 it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch…

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U.S. Navy Demonstrates Endurance on the MQ-8C Fire Scout

Posted  August 26, 2015

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have successfully demonstrated endurance capabilities with the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.

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U.S. Army awards $6.7 billion JLTV contract to Oshkosh Corporation

Posted  August 26, 2015

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion…

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Veterans remember Gulf War 25 years later

Posted  August 26, 2015

Twenty-five years ago this month, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Shortly thereafter, the 101st Airborne Division deployed to the Middle East as part of the U.S. response to the action in what became known as the Gulf War.

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