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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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SpaceX Grasshopper test

Posted  November 16, 2012

On Nov. 1, 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper – a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing vehicle – lifted nearly two stories in an 8-second duration test hop. The rocket rose 17.7 feet, hovered, and touched back down safely on the pad at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first…

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Moss Point, Miss., marks production of drone fuselage

Posted  November 16, 2012

Production has begun at a Northrop Grumman plant in Moss Point, Miss., on fuselages for a new line of surveillance drones. Officials marked the development with a Nov. 13 ceremony at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center. The Triton high-altitude surveillance drone being built for the Navy will be able to stay aloft for 24 hours, flying…

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A raft and a prayer

Posted  November 16, 2012

A typhoon named “Ida” took a crew of 31 sailors by surprise and sent their ship to the bottom of the ocean. This was the story of Bill Harrison in 1945 shortly after the conclusion of World War II. In honor of Veterans Day, Harrison was invited to share his story at a special “Salute…

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Students conduct live conversations with orbiting NASA astronauts

Posted  November 16, 2012

More than 9,500 student participants from the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program took part in a live video downlink with International Space Station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. The long-distance conversation took place Nov. 15 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The event was co-hosted with the…

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Boeing adapts innovative training technologies to F/A-18E, F-15E

Posted  November 16, 2012

Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is…

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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

Posted  November 16, 2012

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

Posted  November 16, 2012

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the “Department…

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves ‘firm concept’

Posted  November 16, 2012

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’. “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we’ve committed to our customers,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager…

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