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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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NASA Space Tech program selects technologies for development, demonstration on suborbital flights

Posted  July 2, 2012

NASA’S Space Technology Program has selected 14 technologies for development and demonstration on commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles. The selected proposals offer innovative cutting-edge ideas and approaches for technology in areas including active thermal management, advanced avionics, pinpoint landing and advanced in-space propulsion. They also address many of the high-priority technology needs identified in the…

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Army science, technology focus shifts from Middle East to Asian-Pacific Rim during ARL talks

Posted  July 2, 2012

Future technology from the U.S. armed forces’ top research scientists will have to be ‘game-changing’ to help the defense department shift its focus to operations in Southeast Asia, and to mete out the next major threats there and elsewhere, said Dr. Scott Fish, the Army’s chief scientist. “We spent the past 10 years focused on…

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Trio from ISS land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  July 2, 2012

Three members of the Expedition 31 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, July 1, wrapping up a mission that lasted six-and-a-half months. Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko…

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First external weapons test flight for the F-35C

Posted  July 2, 2012

The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with external weapons June 27. Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert flew CF-1 with inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on port and starboard pylons to measure…

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NASA ER-2 No. 809 returns to flight

Posted  July 2, 2012

NASA's ER-2 Earth Resources aircraft No. 809 took to the air June 28 on a functional check flight after completion of a year of modified periodic depot-level maintenance. The aircraft was literally broken down...

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New tactical network set to begin fielding in the fall

Posted  July 2, 2012

New equipment and training, part of the Army's "Capability Set 13" begins fielding in October. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, out of at Fort Bliss, Texas, will be the first recipients of...

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Iraq combat veteran launches free military benefits report service

Posted  July 2, 2012

An Iraq combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient is to set to mark Independence Day by launching www.MilitaryBenefitsReport.com, the first comprehensive benefits reporting system for all branches of the military. Active service members, veterans, and their families can use this unique service to generate free personalized reports that detail what military benefits they could be…

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Lockheed Martin delivers Orion spacecraft to Kennedy Space Center

Posted  July 2, 2012

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first space-bound Orion spacecraft crew module structure to the Operations and Checkout Building…

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ULA upgraded Delta IV successfully launches second payload in nine days

Posted  July 2, 2012

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 9:15 a.m…

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Sequestration threatens military’s successes

Posted  July 2, 2012

The nation’s military has logged historic achievements in the past 12 months, but faces a future clouded by financial threat, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said June 29. The secretary and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both spoke about the topic of sequestration during a briefing with Pentagon…

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