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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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NASA’s Hubble reveals rogue planetary orbit for Fomalhaut b

Posted  January 10, 2013

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14…

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SOFIA spots recent starburst in the Milky Way galaxyís center

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA photograph SOFIA/FORCAST mid-infrared image of the Milky Way galaxyís nucleus showing the Circumnuclear Ring of gas and dust clouds orbiting a central supermassive black hole. The bright Y-shaped feature is believed to be material falling from the ring toward the black hole that is located where the arms of the ìYî intersect. Researchers using…

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Aerojet awarded SM-3 solid divert, attitude control system contract

Posted  January 10, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp) company, announced Jan. 8 that the Missile Defense Agency has awarded the company a multi-million dollar contract to develop advanced Solid Divert and Attitude Control System technologies for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIB interceptor. This development contract will advance SDACS technology to increase flight duration, mission flexibility and overall performance required…

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Federal investigators beef up scrutiny of 787 fire

Posted  January 10, 2013

Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Jan. 7 fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day.

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Ball Aerospace completes successful CDR for Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft

Posted  January 10, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the delta Critical Design Review for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. The four-day review was held Dec. 10-13, and included more than 100 representatives from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and JPSS instrument providers. The review team…

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U.S. pursues better ballistic missile

Posted  January 10, 2013

MDA photograph by Ralph Scott Technicians prepare a ground based Interceptor for emplacement into Missile Field 2 at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Northern Command is collaborating closely with the Missile Defense Agency to improve the capability of systems designed to counter threats to the homeland. While refining…

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Embraer selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ Engine as exclusive power for second generation of E-Jets

Posted  January 10, 2013

Embraer announced Jan. 8 it has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine as the exclusive power for its new second generation of the E-Jet aircraft family. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. Planned to enter service in 2018, the Embraer E-Jets equipped with PurePower PW1700G and PW1900G engines will…

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NASA, ESA telescopes find evidence for asteroid belt around Vega

Posted  January 10, 2013

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies. The scientists used data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory, in which NASA plays an important role. The discovery of an asteroid belt-like band of…

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Lockheed Martin team passes pre-environmental review for solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  January 10, 2013

The Lockheed Martin team, awarded a contract by NASA in 2007 to design and build the Solar Ultraviolet Imager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series, has met the requirements of a Pre-Environmental Review. The review was held in November at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., by a…

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The most fearsome weapon is evolving

Posted  January 10, 2013

Courtesy photograph Courtesy photograph The first MC-130J to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Commandís newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider, lands at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 3, 2013. Modifications to the airframe will be completed in ten months and will be a milestone in the recapitalization of the AC-130H/U…

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