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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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Team Apache announces nickname for the Apache Echo Model

Posted  January 16, 2013

The world’s most advanced and lethal attack helicopter received a nickname by Team Apache at the annual government-industry Team Apache meeting at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., Jan. 8. The Apache Project Office selected “Guardian” as the winning entry for the AH-64E Apache. The “AH-6E Apache Guardian” will be a distinction from the AH-64D…

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AERO Institute partners with AIAA to offer specialty courses for aerospace engineers

Posted  January 16, 2013

The AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is offering two new classes geared for engineers and aerospace professionals at the AERO Institute, 38256 Sierra Highway, Suite A in Palmdale. The classes are entitled “Optimal State Estimation” and “Mathematical Introduction to Integrated Navigations Systems with Applications” and…

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NASA awards Space Launch System advanced development grants

Posted  January 16, 2013

NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement to seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its…

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Headlines: January 14, 2013

Posted  January 14, 2013

Business Japan to probe fuel leaks on Boeing Dreamliner; Lockheed’s F-35 falls short of testing goals in 2012; Pentagon report cites ‘lack of maturity’ of Lockheed F-35 jet; Boeing’s 30,000-pound bunker-buster improved, U.S. says;   Defense Pentagon begins campaign to bust ‘myths’ about nominee Hagel; How would Hagel affect defense contractors?;   Space China’s space…

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State of the Air Force is ‘strong’

Posted  January 14, 2013

The Air Force's top leaders said Jan. 11 the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year.

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News Briefs – January 14, 2013

Posted  January 14, 2013

U.S. mission in Afghanistan to shift to support role President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is expected to shift to a support role later this spring – a few months earlier than expected. Obama and Karzai were speaking at a news conference Jan. 11 after meeting…

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NASA, Bigelow to discuss space station expandable module

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA, BIGELOW OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS SPACE STATION EXPANDABLE MODULE WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. “The International Space…

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U.S. Army Europe forces deploy in support of NATO missile defense

Posted  January 14, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Joel Salgado U.S. Air Force personnel load a medium tactical vehicle from U.S. Army Europe’s 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command onto a C-5 Galaxy transport plane at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jan. 8, 2013. The load-up was part of the 10th AAMDC’s deployment to Turkey, along with other…

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NASA selects high-performing interns as student ambassadors

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA has inducted 86 top-performing interns into the 2013 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community, a vital component of the agency’s ongoing effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology research and interactive opportunities. This fifth group of student ambassadors, Cohort V, includes interns from 32 states and 70 different universities….

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Unilever buys 22 flights on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ suborbital spacecraft

Posted  January 14, 2013

Commercial spaceflight is entering the main stream and looking (and smelling) quite good! United Kingdom-based Unilever Group and Space Expedition Corporation announced a 22 flight purchase on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ Mark II suborbital spacecraft for Unilever’s space-themed AXEApolloô campaign for the AXEÆ brand of men’s cologne, body spray, shower gels and other personal care products….

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