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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 Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

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 president said…

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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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Boeing demonstrates capability of unmanned Little Bird rotorcraft

Posted  August 7, 2012

The Boeing Unmanned Little Bird H-6U successfully performed 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a ship during flight tests in July, a significant milestone for a medium-size vertical-takeoff-and-landing...

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News Briefs – August 7, 2012

Posted  August 7, 2012

NATO announces new head of Norfolk, Va., command NATO says a French general will take over one of the alliance’s two strategic commands. Air Force Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros will replace fellow Frenchman Gen. Stephane Abrial, who in 1999 became the first non-American officer to head a major command in North America. The Allied Transformation Command…

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MSL and Curiosity: Bringing Mars down to Earth at TNOTS

Posted  August 7, 2012

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover were brought into sharp focus Aug. 2, during three presentations by NASA Mars program scientist Dr. Kelly Fast at the AERO Institute during a...

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Boeing receives Phase II U.S. Army contract for testing of advanced rotorcraft flight control system

Posted  August 7, 2012

Boeing will continue developing a technology that improves helicopters’ maneuverability and performance, through an $18 million U.S. Army contract for Phase II of the Adaptive Vehicle Management System program. The advanced rotorcraft flight control system, a joint development project between Boeing and the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, reduces aircrew workload and overall operating costs….

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Panetta describes strategy, warns against sequestration

Posted  August 7, 2012

As the Defense Department adopts a new paradigm for the U.S. military to remain a formidable force while absorbing $487 billion in spending reductions over the next decade, the prospect of an additional $500 billion spending reduction over that period would be “a disaster” not only for national defense, but also for defense communities, Defense…

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Employers court troops, spouses, vets at job fairs

Posted  August 7, 2012

Transitioning service members, military spouses and veterans attending hundreds of job fairs around the country like one held in Hampton, Va., Aug. 2 are finding themselves on the proverbial red carpet as employers pack arenas...

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GA-ASI successfully tests Nightlighter airborne imaging system

Posted  August 7, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced the successful flight test of its Nightlighter airborne imaging system Aug. 7.

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RIMPAC 2012 concludes

Posted  August 7, 2012

The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific Exercise, officially concluded Aug. 3. The 23rd exercise in the biennial RIMPAC series, this year’s version involved 22 nations, more than 40...

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Transformed X-48C flies successfully

Posted  August 7, 2012

The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time Aug. 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert. The aircraft, designed by Boeing and built by Cranfield Aerospace Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA. The new X-48C model, which was formerly the X-48B Blended Wing…

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Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies brings high-performance surveillance to small unmanned aircraft systems

Posted  August 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies’ new, lightweight, Perceptor™ dual-sensor gimbal packs the capability of a large camera system in a small, compact package designed to provide high-quality video surveillance for small and micro unmanned aircraft systems. Equipped with electro-optical and infrared imaging sensors and an optional laser illuminator, the 200-gram (seven-ounce) Perceptor provides continuous 360-degree panning…

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