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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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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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California faults moved quietly after Baja quake

Posted  May 14, 2014

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude 4.9 to 5.3 earthquake.

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UTC Aerospace Systems to continue development of a UUV energy-dense PES propulsion system

Posted  May 14, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion energy program. During these follow-on phases, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) will continue the design and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane based Fuel Cell Energy System for a…

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Starlight Festival coming to Big Bear

Posted  May 14, 2014

The 2014 StarLight Festival will be held at the Northwoods Resort & Conference Center May 24 and 25. Located at 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, Calif., the event will be open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. both days. The free event features a wide array of speakers sharing their insights on space exploration, robots, the Sun…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with NASA cargo set for return to Earth

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. Dragon is set to be…

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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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Lockheed Martin introduces latest addition to small unmanned aircraft system family

Posted  May 14, 2014

Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system. With a gross takeoff weight of only four pounds and a vertical profile of only four inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance. “We are proud to…

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Sam’s Club opens doors to U.S. armed forces May 17

Posted  May 14, 2014

To honor Armed Forces Day, May 17, and celebrate America’s past and present troops, all 624 U.S. Sam’s Club locations will offer free shopping passes to military personnel, veterans, retirees and their families so they can save on home and business essentials. To receive the temporary one-day pass, guests should show military ID or proof…

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Lockheed Martin Kestrelô Autopilot now available for international sales

Posted  May 14, 2014

The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and they are now controlled under the Export Administration Regulations. “We are looking…

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Sikorsky Aircraft to develop autonomous Black Hawk for cargo missions

Posted  May 14, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. With the autonomous Black Hawk,…

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Raytheon delivers 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy- Jammer to U.S. Air Force

Posted  May 14, 2014

Raytheon has delivered the 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALDÆ -J) to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Lot 5 production contract. “The MALD program has enjoyed a perfect 33-for-33 flight test record over the past two years,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The…

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