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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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Bunch assumes command of AFFTC

Posted  June 21, 2012

Team Edwards filled Hangar 1600 to witness the historic passing of the Air Force Flight Test Center guideon from one commander to another during a change of command ceremony June 19.

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DOD, VA partner to help prevent suicide

Posted  June 21, 2012

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his agency is working with the Defense Department to end veteran homelessness and to identify possible contributors to service member and veteran suicide. On the first day of the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Shinseki – a retired Army general, former Army chief…

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Defense

Review panel urges changes in combat, incentive pays

Posted  June 21, 2012

The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recommends changes to combat pay and changes to special and incentive pays while saying current military pay rates are about right. Tom Bush, the study’s director, said the review also recommended further study of compensation of wounded warriors and their caregivers, for survivors, and making compensation for reserve-component…

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First asymmetric weapons load test for F-35B

Posted  June 21, 2012

On June 14, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an...

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Seventh MC-130J Delivered to Cannon

Posted  June 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered its seventh MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 20. Aircraft 5695 is the seventh of 11 MC-130Js to be assigned to the 522nd Special Operations Squadron. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration...

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Space

Boeing successfully completes key reviews of space launch system

Posted  June 21, 2012

Boeing last week successfully completed its first major technical reviews for the cryogenic stages of the Space Launch System, bringing the team into the design phase for the nation’s next heavy-lift, human-rated rocket. The combined System Requirements Review and System Definition Review, held at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with independent consultants…

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Nolan set to retire

Posted  June 21, 2012

Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, addresses a packed Alliance Ballroom in Club Muroc at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., June12 during his retirement luncheon. Nolan will leave the Air Force after a 33-year career. The general was presented with a shadow box with a flag and medals by…

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USS Long Beach to be auctioned as scrap metal July 10

Posted  June 21, 2012

In support of one of the largest green and zero-waste initiatives in U.S. government history, the USS Long Beach, commissioned as the first nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser, is being auctioned for her scrap metal components through Government Liquidation, the exclusive sales channel...

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Veterans

DOD supports job, homeowner proposals for military, veterans

Posted  June 21, 2012

The Defense Department supports legislative proposals that would provide increased career support and homeowner protections to military members and veterans, a senior defense official told Congress June 21. “Taking care of our military before, during and after their service to our country is one of the Department of Defense’s highest priorities,” Frederick E. Vollrath, who…

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SNC submits response Air Force RFP for Light Air Support Program

Posted  June 21, 2012

Sierra Nevada Corporation announced June 19 that it has submitted the final components of its response to the U.S. Air Force’s request for proposal for its Light Air Support Program. SNC is partnering with Embraer to provide the A-29 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft to meet the LAS mission requirements. The two companies teamed together and…

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