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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.

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI Space

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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First liquefied natural gas tank rolls off assembly line

Posted  April 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph Weighing in at 250,000 pounds, this LNG tank built with U.S. steel is the first of its kind for Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin’s first Liquefied Natural Gas tank has transitioned from the assembly line to the shipyard for integration with the Wärtsilä LNG propulsion system. Weighing in at 250,000 pounds, this LNG…

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Boeing adds live video-tagging to geospatial data management tool

Posted  April 18, 2014

Boeing has upgraded its DataMaster geospatial data management software with real-time text-tagging of live streaming video, improving situational awareness for defense and intelligence community customers. This new capability, along with other updates in the latest version of DataMaster, will result in faster cataloging and retrieval of data and more robust and precise analytics of imagery,…

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U.S., Poland defense leaders find new areas for cooperation

Posted  April 18, 2014

Amid deep concerns about the situation in Ukraine, the defense leaders of the United States and Poland met at the Pentagon April 17 and identified new areas in which their militaries can work together, including special operations, air force cooperation, and more exercises and training.

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Smarter spending for Air Force acquisitions

Posted  April 18, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello briefs attendees April 16, 2014, on how today’s budget environment is driving change for both government and industry as part of the Air Force Association breakfast series in Arlington, Va. She said there have been great examples recently in better buying power practices, especially…

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Airman gains new perspective on World War II sacrifices

Posted  April 18, 2014

April 9, 1942, marked what is known today as the Bataan Death March where tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers surrendered to Japanese forces.

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QASs pull victims from burning car

Posted  April 18, 2014

Courtesy photograph Mike Agostini and Maurice Tucker, Defense Contract Management Agency Palmdale quality assurance specialists, saved two lives when a vehicle in front of them hit a curb, flipped over in the air and cascaded to a stop a short distance from their government vehicle. Two quality assurance specialists saved lives Jan. 24 when a…

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Sikorsky tests CH-53K helicopter for airframe structural strength

Posted  April 18, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has successfully completed an initial series of tests required by the Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter.

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NASA signs agreement with SpaceX for use of historic launch pad

Posted  April 18, 2014

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site. NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida’s…

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AFRL researchers uncover structural, function relationships in bioinspired nanomaterials

Posted  April 18, 2014

In his 1954 work, The Nature of Science, Edwin Powell Hubble said, “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” During his tenure with the Air Force Research Laboratory, National Research Council associate Dr. Nick Bedford, embarked on such an adventure that applied both biological and physical…

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Boeing honors suppliers for exceptional performance

Posted  April 18, 2014

Boeing has honored 16 organizations with its Supplier of the Year awards, recognizing exceptional performance and contributions to the aerospace company’s success during 2013. The awards are based on meeting or exceeding quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support and affordability goals, and demonstrating the ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements. “These supplier-partners performed exceptionally…

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