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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Raytheon awarded $11.5 million to upgrade U.S. Air Force weather data analysis system

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon an $11.5 million contract to enhance the Weather Data Analysis system. The modernized system is expected to deliver significant efficiencies and improve weather forecast analysis capabilities, enabling warfighters to make critical mission decisions. “Enhancing WDA will deliver advanced capabilities to the Air Force, enabling the Air Force Weather…

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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

Posted  November 9, 2012

Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

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Nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays the keel

Posted  November 9, 2012

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Detroit Nov. 8. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

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NASA selects American small businesses for continuation of innovative research, technology projects

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected 39 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The SBIR program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support NASA’s technology needs. NASA will award contracts to 36 small high-technology firms in 17 states…

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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP of Aerospace Products

Posted  November 9, 2012

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 8 that it has appointed Chris Yamada vice president of its Aerospace Products organization.

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Air Force establishes full-time presence in Poland

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation Nov. 8. During a ceremony at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw, U.S. Air Force personnel flew the American flag, marking the establishment of a small unit dedicated to supporting multi-national…

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AAR sources, modifies 737-400s for Colombian Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

AAR has sourced and is modifying two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for Colombia’s Air Force, Fuerza Aerea Colombiana. The program is expected to generate approximately $31 million in the second half of the company’s current fiscal year. The program demonstrates AAR’s wide range of capabilities, which the company combines to create custom-tailored solutions for its commercial…

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NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from ISS

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA and the European Space Agency successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol to transmit messages and demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on…

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