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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.

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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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Navy releases investigation results of F/A-18D crash

Posted  July 3, 2012

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic released the results today of its Judge Advocate General Manual investigation in to the crash of an F/A-18D into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va., April 6.

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NASA astronaut Stephen K. Robinson leaves agency

Posted  July 3, 2012

NASA astronaut Stephen Robinson has left the space agency. Robinson ends his 36-year NASA career as a veteran of three spacewalks with more than 48 days of spaceflight experience. Robinson will become a professor at the University of California at Davis in the fall of 2012. His last day at NASA was June 30. Robinson…

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Review: Changes needed in Guard, Reserve pay

Posted  July 3, 2012

America’s citizen soldiers, who train in their hometowns for a weekend a month and two weeks a year, receive more money for one day of training at home than their fellow National Guard and Reserve members earn for a day serving in the war zone. Pentagon officials defended the pay discrepancy as incentive for National…

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Lockheed Martin Skunk Works receives DARPA ALASA contract award

Posted  July 3, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to receive a Phase I Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program study contract valued at about $6.2 million. The ALASA program is a research and development effort maturing technologies to maintain vital satellite capabilities during a crisis. “Our approach uses…

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Army ‘upcycles,’ reuses old gear for new technologies

Posted  July 3, 2012

Upcycling is not only "en vogue," it is also the right thing to do as Army researchers are championing reuse of drawn-down or demilitarized...

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NASA announces event for social media followers at RBSP launch

Posted  July 3, 2012

NASA invites its social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Aug. 22-23, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This event is expected…

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World’s largest international maritime exercise gets underway

Posted  July 3, 2012

Military leaders from 22 nations formally launched Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012, July 2. RIMPAC is hosted biennially by U.S. Pacific Fleet in and around Hawaii. U.S. and international speakers at the...

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MAFFS-equipped C-130 crashes in South Dakota

Posted  July 2, 2012

At approximately 6 p.m., MDT, July 1, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. There are no…

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Lockheed machinists OK new labor deal, end strike

Posted  July 2, 2012

Lockheed Martin machinists ended their 10-week strike June 28, approving a new labor deal that includes a $2,000 bonus and annual pay increases starting at 3 percent the first year. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 776 voted overwhelmingly to approve the four-year agreement, with 81 percent of nearly…

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News Briefs July 2, 2012

Posted  July 2, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards. The court voted 6-3 June 28 in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who…

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