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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Northrop Grumman awarded $156 million for continuing BACN mission support

Posted  July 23, 2012

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman two contract modifications totaling $156 million to continue operating and maintaining the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system in support of overseas contingency missions. Northrop Grumman was awarded a $106 million contract modification to extend the deployment and operation of BACN payloads installed in three E-11A Bombardier Global Express…

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MH-53 helicopter suffers aviation mishap, crashes

Posted  July 19, 2012

An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, July 19 while conducting heavy lift support operations.

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NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; two injured

Posted  July 19, 2012

A NATO helicopter crashed July 18 in western Afghanistan, injuring two troops serving with the U.S.-led military coalition, NATO said. No other information was disclosed about the crash in the relatively peaceful west. The crash is under investigation. Separately, NATO reported that a service member was killed July 17 during an insurgent attack in the…

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NASA partner United Launch Alliance completes two Atlas V reviews

Posted  July 19, 2012

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed a review of its Atlas V rocket to assess its compliance with NASA human spaceflight safety and performance requirements. ULA has partnered to launch Boeing’s CST-100, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser and Blue Origin’s Space Vehicle on missions to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA provided…

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United Kingdom accepts first international Lockheed Martin F-35

Posted  July 19, 2012

The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft in a July 19 ceremony with senior...

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NASA’s Mars Science Lab landing soon

Posted  July 19, 2012

For the most part, there was upbeat news about the Aug. 5 landing of the Mars Science Lab [Curiosity] discussed at a NASA July 16...

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Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines announce order for additional 777-200LR

Posted  July 19, 2012

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines July 29 announced an order for one additional 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner, adding to the airline’s fleet of five 777-200LRs. The order is valued at approximately $276 million at list price. “The 777-200LR has been a fantastic airplane for Ethiopian Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The performance and…

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AV students prepare to leave for Space Camp

Posted  July 19, 2012

Northrop Grumman Foundation will be sponsoring 48 middle school students and 16 middle schools teachers from across the country to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., this summer. Students attending Space Camp will participate in a “space adventure” building a launching rockets, experience weightlessness in an astronaut-training simulator…

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SECNAV, CNO visit Nimitz for Great Green Fleet demonstration

Posted  July 19, 2012

The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz for the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration during Rim of the Pacific 2012, July 18.

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Mojave Air/Space Port improving facilities

Posted  July 19, 2012

The Mojave Air and Space Port is operated by the East Kern Airport District whose directors met for a regular meeting July 17. The directors formally welcomed their new director of Economic Development, Karina Drees. CEO Stuart Witt has approved two items to improve facilities, using the authority granted him by the board, for projects…

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