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A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 22nd C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 25. Aircraft 86-0011 was ferried by a crew led by Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis, Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington,…

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First ever RQ-4 Global Hawk hits 100th flight on NASA mission

The first completed Global Hawk has made history again with its 100th flight in support of NASA environmental research.

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NASA completes successful battery of tests on composite cryotank

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qkGI6JeNY0E?enablejsapi=1&rel=0 NASA photograph by David Olive One of the largest composite cryotanks ever built recently completed a battery of tests at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The tank was lowered into a structural test stand where it was tested with cryogenic hydrogen and structural loads were applied to simulate stresses the tank…

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NASA completes key review of world’s most powerful rocket

NASA officials Aug. 27 announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars

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NASA MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft completes visual, radar mission in Hawaii

NASA photograph “Ikhana,” NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted research aircraft, carries a maritime radar in a specialized centerline pod during a flight to check out systems prior to the aircraft’s deployment to Hawaii in July 2014. NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, named “Ikhana,” recently completed a deployment to Hawaii in support of two diverse flight opportunities….


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DOD to open new assignments for women in May

Posted  April 26, 2012

Policy changes announced in February opening more than 14,000 new assignments to women in uniform will take effect May 14, Defense Department officials said April 26. Officials issued a Pentagon press release confirming that two changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule can now move forward since the Congressionally-mandated notification period…

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DARPA opens international dialogue on satellite servicing

Posted  April 26, 2012

Current satellites are not designed to be serviced in space. When a communication satellite in geosynchronous orbit fails 36,000 kilometers above the earth, typically, it is moved into a “graveyard” orbit where it...

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Boeing, World Class Aviation Academy open international Chinook training facility

Posted  April 26, 2012

Boeing and its Dutch partner the Rotary Wing Training Center officially opened a state-of-the-art CH-47 Chinook helicopter maintenance training facility near Royal Netherlands Air Force base Gilze-Rijen April 25. The RWTC is a subsidiary of the Netherlands’ World Class Aviation Academy. “Partnering with the WCAA and RWTC means we now can provide high-quality training to…

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Business

Northrop Grumman wins Air Force electronic attack pod upgrade program

Posted  April 26, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $52.8 million, 27-month engineering and manufacturing development contract to upgrade its electronic attack pods. The program has a potential value of $480 million including EMD, a low-rate initial production phase and five production options. “We are honored that the U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Grumman to…

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Space

NASA’s WISE catches aging star erupting with dust

Posted  April 26, 2012

Images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst and spraying the cosmos with dust. The findings offer a rare, real-time look at the process by which stars like our sun seed the universe with building blocks for other stars, planets and even life. The star,…

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Foreign military sales make partnerships strong, keep production lines hot

Posted  April 26, 2012

On the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi government has purchased $17 billion in military hardware from the United States. But they don’t buy it directly from manufacturers like Boeing or Sikorsky, they buy it...

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Business

Raytheon first quarter profit jumps, lifts 2012 outlook

Posted  April 26, 2012

Raytheon posted a 17 percent jump in the first-quarter profit April 26 and the defense contractor boosted its full-year outlook with sales for missile, intelligence and information systems on the rise. The big jump in comparable net income was partially due to the charges that the company was saddled with during the same period last…

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Boeing opens new navigation system repair line at Ohio facility

Posted  April 26, 2012

Boeing marked the opening April 26 of a new Electrostatically Supported Gyro repair line at the company’s Heath, Ohio, facility. The new line increases the capability of the skilled workforce and equipment already in place for the repair and maintenance of the U.S. Navy’s Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator (ESGN, or Trident Navigation System). “As the…

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World

News Briefs April 26, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

North Korea: ‘Mobile weapons’ capable of striking U.S. A senior North Korean army official says his country is armed with “powerful mobile weapons” capable of striking America. Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho emphasized the importance of defending the North against the U.S. and South Korea as Pyongyang marked the 80th anniversary of the nation’s army…

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DARPA seeks non-thermal approaches to thin-film deposition

Posted  April 26, 2012

When the Department of Defense wants to build a jet engine, it doesn’t put a team of engineers in a hangar with a block of metal and some chisels. Jet engines are made up of individual components that are carefully assembled into a finished product that possesses the desired performance capabilities. In the...

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