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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.

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President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment,…

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First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum's Early Years Gallery July 21.

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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, for his bravery in combat at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.


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N.M. officials: Spill could be as big as 24 million gallons

Posted  May 24, 2012

A decades-old jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque, N.M.’s water supply could be as large as 24 million gallons, or twice the size of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, state environment officials acknowledged Tuesday. Officials previously estimated the spill from Kirtland Air Force Base to be about 8 million gallons. But state geologist William…

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New veterans fight new battles after coming home

Posted  May 24, 2012

America has a new generation of veterans. More than 1.6 million troops are back from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and they are unlike any other group of veterans the nation has ever seen. More of them are Reserves and National Guard. More are women. They have different injuries than those who fought before…

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Boeing conducts inaugural flight of first 787 built in South Carolina

Posted  May 24, 2012

Boeing marked another 787 milestone May 23 as the first Dreamliner built in South Carolina completed its first flight. Piloted by Tim Berg and Randy Neville, the airplane successfully conducted a five-hour test flight.

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NASA receives widespread concepts for future Mars missions

Posted  May 24, 2012

NASA’s call to scientists and engineers to help plan a new strategy to explore Mars has resulted in almost double the amount of expected submissions with unique and bold ideas. About 400 concepts or abstracts were submitted to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was organized to gather input for…

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Improvements continue in joint DOD, VA program

Posted  May 24, 2012

Progress continues on a streamlined system to improve care for ill and injured service members and veterans, senior Defense Department and Veterans Affairs officials told Capitol Hill legislators May 23. Jo Ann Rooney, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and John R. Gingrich, chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, made…

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787 Dream Tour touches down ‘Down Under’

Posted  May 24, 2012

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner landed at Sydney International Airport in Australia May 24, kicking off the seventh and final leg of the global Dream Tour. For the next four days, guests invited by Boeing and 787 customers Qantas and Jetstar will have an opportunity to tour the...

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Pentagon’s budget request is strong, responsible

Posted  May 24, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has clearly stated the consequences of sequestration, and the Pentagon has delivered a responsible budget request with a sound strategy to the U.S. Congress, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters May 23. “No one, to my knowledge, has really picked apart that strategy, including on Capitol Hill,” Little said….

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New veterans set record for war-disability claims

Posted  May 24, 2012

America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are…

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News Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Saudi Arabia inks $3 billion U.K. trainer jet deal  Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says the kingdom has signed a deal with the United Kingdom valued at $3 billion to buy air force trainer jets. The Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed defense official May 23 as saying the deal also includes simulators, ground equipment,…

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Lockheed Martin delivers core structure for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted  May 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received the core structure for the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite. The structure was delivered to Lockheed Martin’s Mississippi Space & Technology Center, where engineers and technicians will integrate the spacecraft’s propulsion subsystem. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and…

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