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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Boeing 737 MAX surpasses 2,000 orders

Posted  May 21, 2014

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement May 20 on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the super-efficient single-aisle airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209 billion at list prices. The 737…

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DOD shows science, technology success despite hard year for workforce

Posted  May 21, 2014

Despite a year of workforce furloughs and dwindling budgets, the Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise reports advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, senior DOD officials told a Senate panel May 14, 2014. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of…

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Pratt & Whitney making significant investments to increase capacity

Posted  May 21, 2014

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, is making significant investments in its global facilities as the company prepares for an increase in commercial and military engine production to levels. “This is a very exciting time for Pratt & Whitney,” said Danny Di Perna, senior vice president of Engineering & Operations. “Over the next…

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Orion in final assembly at Kennedy Space Center

Posted  May 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft’s crew module. The heat shield installation marks one of the final steps in the spacecraft’s assembly leading up to its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), later this year. EFT-1 will provide engineers…

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Construction to begin on NASA Mars lander scheduled to launch in 2016

Posted  May 21, 2014

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review May 16. NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission will pierce beneath the Martian surface to study its interior. The mission will investigate how…

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MEADS system gains full certification for identifying friend or foe aircraft

Posted  May 21, 2014

The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews…

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Pratt & Whitney’s new engine center delivers first F135 engine

Posted  May 21, 2014

Pratt & Whitney announced May 20 that the first F135 engine has been delivered to the F-35 Final Assembly Check Out facility in Cameri, Novara, Italy. This engine – the 137th delivered to date – is also the first F135 engine produced in Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach Engine Center; the company’s brand new,…

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Three Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft mark on orbit anniversaries in 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

Two scientific spacecraft and a military communications payload produced by Northrop Grumman are observing major on orbit anniversaries this year as they continue to perform for many additional years beyond their design lives.

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Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

Posted  May 21, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. E’Lysia Wray An unmanned QF-16 aircraft prepares to participate in a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraftís capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16ís were converted to remotely piloted aircraft…

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NASA partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing

Posted  May 21, 2014

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office or ITPO at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has announced the signing of a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement between Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Ind., to collaborate on the development of braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subjected to complex loading conditions. Through this partnership Rolls-Royce will establish…

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