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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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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted  June 27, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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July 2012 Events

Posted  June 27, 2012

July 1-6 – European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Rome, Italy www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/   July 1-6 – Conference: The Early Phase of Star Formation – Assembling Pieces of the Missing Paradigm, Heidelberg, Germany www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/homes/stein/EPoS/2012.php   July 1-6 – SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012 Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands http://spie.org/astronomical-instrumentation.xml   July 1-6 – Astronomical Society…

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New AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate takes shape

Posted  June 27, 2012

The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate will officially take shape on July 1 as the newest research organization...

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Boeing helps open thermoplastic composites research lab in the Netherlands

Posted  June 26, 2012

A new laboratory that provides thermoplastic composites research for Boeing and other aerospace companies has opened at Enschede in the Netherlands. “With this opening, the Thermoplastics Composites Research Center, or TPRC, is no longer a virtual institute,” said William Gerry, who represents Boeing as chairman of the TPRC board. “The TPRC research team is now…

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Africom commander details current, emerging threats

Posted  June 26, 2012

U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer today detailed existing and emerging threats from extremist organizations on the continent in a speech at the African Center for Strategic Studies in Arlington, Va. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham also explained the U.S. presence in Africa and Africom initiatives based on the new U.S. defense strategic guidance. “When…

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Boeing executive Ray Conner to lead Commercial Airplanes business

Posted  June 26, 2012

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney announced June 26 the appointment of Raymond L. Conner as president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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Thruster tests complete for NASA partner Boeing’s crew capsule

Posted  June 26, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of tests on a thruster destined for Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100. Boeing is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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VA boosts staffing, programs to prevent suicide

Posted  June 26, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans, the VA undersecretary for health said last week. Speaking at the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Petzel addressed…

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FI predicts $53 billion COMSAT market over next 10 years

Posted  June 26, 2012

Forecast International projects that the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $52.7 billion from 2012-2021. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks some 49 satellite production programs, 419 individual communications satellites will be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, high-speed broadband Internet, digital television and video broadcasting,…

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Army research official visits Afghanistan

Posted  June 26, 2012

A senior research and development leader spoke with Army officials at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 11-13. Army leaders in the field are seeking technology solutions for complex challenges.

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