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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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NASA selects small spacecraft technology demonstration missions

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. All selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to the CubeSat standard. CubeSats are composed of four-inch,…

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Vets gather at Arlington to mark 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal

Posted  August 9, 2012

Seventy years after the Aug. 7, 1942, start to what would be a brutal, six-month-long battle over an island in the South Pacific, veterans of Guadalcanal gathered at Arlington National Cemetery....

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Laser revolutionizes sheet metal cutting at Army Depot

Posted  August 9, 2012

Gone are the days of hunching over a pristine sheet of metal meticulously drilling holes and patterns by hand.....

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Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted  August 9, 2012

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

Posted  August 9, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Aug. 9 their service is critical to the defense strategy. Panetta said New York was the cradle of the United States military, and that its critical role for the armed forces continues today. “New York’s Air National…

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Pilot becomes Guard’s first F-35 instructor pilot

Posted  August 9, 2012

An airman became the Air National Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at the multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.....

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JASSM-ER nears operational employment

Posted  August 9, 2012

The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is scheduled to complete the final-phase of operational testing for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range in late August, marking a significant step toward operational employment.

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Chief of naval research moderates panel at unmanned systems conference

Posted  August 9, 2012

The Navy's chief of naval research led a panel discussion highlighting technology challenges and a vision for future maritime robotic systems Aug. 8, at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual conference....

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Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

Posted  August 9, 2012

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month – a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles. Officials announced Aug. 8 that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747…

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