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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Standard Missile shows versatility with ëJulietí flight tests

Posted  August 15, 2014

The Navy executed a successful flight test of the surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) at White Sands Missile Range, Aug. 14. During flight test “Juliet,” the Navy examined the missile’s ability to intercept a subsonic, low altitude target over land. Juliet is one of 10 follow on operational test and evaluation (FOT&E) events planned for SM-6′s…

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Global Hawk reaches new milestone, expands operational area

Posted  August 15, 2014

The U.S. Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, a wide area surveillance unmanned aircraft system, has just completed its 100th operational mission in Southwest Asia and recently moved into the Pacific region. Built by Northrop Grumman, Global Hawk is operated largely out of the 69th Reconnaissance Group at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The 69th…

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Stardust team reports discovery of first potential interstellar space particles

Posted  August 15, 2014

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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Headlines August 13, 2014

Posted  August 13, 2014

Defense: Military families left without transportation over contractor glitch - It’s not quite reached the level of Veterans Affairs’ incompetence, but a new contractor in charge of moving military families’ cars as they transition from one site to another is failing miserably to perform, leaving some without transportation for as many as 30 days.   Veterans:…

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News Briefs August 13, 2014

Posted  August 13, 2014

Iraq isn’t Syria: Congress on board this time Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into it, the Obama administration’s emergency military action against Islamic State Sunni insurgents in northern…

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities

Posted  August 13, 2014

Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command recently took advantage of a multinational U.S. Southern Command-led exercise to hone their long-range reconnaissance capabilities.

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NASA’s flying laboratories study our world

Posted  August 13, 2014

Throughout the remainder of 2014, NASA is flying a series of airborne research campaigns from the North Pole to the South Pole and many points in between ñ to take a closer look at U.S. air quality, hurricanes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, and the impact of climate change on Earthís polar regions….

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Northrop Grumman to provide navigation system for Solar Probe Plus satellite

Posted  August 13, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory The Solar Probe Plus, with solar panels folded into the shadows of its protective shield, gathers data on its approach to the Sun. WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.- Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to supply its space inertial…

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NASA selects proposals to increase STEM education at community, technical colleges

Posted  August 13, 2014

NASA’s Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools across the United States. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000. The 35…

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Raytheon to develop directed energy technology for light vehicle deployment

Posted  August 13, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Laser weapon systems moved a step closer to reality with the award of an $11 million contract to Raytheon. Under an Office of Naval Research program, Raytheon will develop a vehicle-based laser device capable of defeating low-flying threats such as enemy drones. The Ground Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move Future Naval…

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