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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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UAS procurement tops Air Force’s spending list

Posted  May 16, 2012

The unmanned aerial systems market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging as the highest spender among all U.S. military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator….

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Ball Aerospace submits solar electric propulsion concept to NASA

Posted  May 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities...

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted  May 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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NASA lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

Posted  May 16, 2012

NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos. In a first-of-a-kind move for NASA, a Space Act Agreement was signed May 14 so the university soon can resume spacecraft operations and data management for the mission using private…

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Rollin’ out

Posted  May 16, 2012

A future C-5M rolled out of the hangar at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., May 10. Tail number 87-0045 received new engine pylons and wiring, and will now be fitted with new, state-of-the-art GE F138-GE-100 turbofan engines and undergo flight checks before being delivered to, Del., later this year.

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Honeywell delivers advanced ballistic materials for combat helmets to U.S. Army

Posted  May 16, 2012

Honeywell announced May 15 that it has completed the delivery of advanced ballistic materials that will be used in the development of next-generation combat helmets for the U.S. Army. Honeywell has delivered 218 helmets containing advanced Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® ballistic materials that the Army will evaluate to help set new helmet performance requirements….

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The Fleet Week Air Show announces addition of FA-22 Raptor to line up

Posted  May 16, 2012

For the first time in the history of Fleet Week, the Air Force F-22 Raptor will be blazing through the skies of San Francisco during the 31st annual Fleet Week celebration Oct. 4-7 2012. The FA-22 is one of the fastest jets to ever fly during Fleet Week with top speeds of Mach 1.8 or…

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XCOR Aerospace announces Lynx suborbital flight winner

Posted  May 16, 2012

Mojave-Calif.,-based XCOR Aerospace announced May 16 the grand prize winner of a trip aboard the Lynx Mark I suborbital launch vehicle. XCOR Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nelson made the announcement at the Spacecraft Technology Expo in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Dozen F-35s now call Florida base home

Posted  May 16, 2012

The twelfth Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II destined for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was ferried May 15. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft, known as BF-11, which departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 10:02 a.m., CDT, for…

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Raytheon awarded $313.8 million for Standard Missile-6 all-up rounds

Posted  May 16, 2012

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $313.8 million contract for low-rate initial production of Standard Missile-6 all-up rounds. SM-6 leverages the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of Raytheon’s Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.; Camden, Ark.; Andover, Mass.;…

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