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Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Sometime early next week, the Army expects to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base at White Marsh, Md., just north of Baltimore.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Defense

AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport, Ariz. Hama was part of the first class of Iraqi students training with the 162nd Wing to further enhance interoperability…

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn Defense

Short-notice: A new way to exercise

When 1st Lt. Matt Lavigne's phone rang late Dec. 10, he knew it was time to scramble into action.

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Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific…

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle Space

NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…


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Headlines December 10, 2014

Posted  December 10, 2014

News: Chinese national accused of transporting U.S. Air Force program information – A Chinese national has been arrested while carrying sensitive proprietary information on titanium used in a U.S. Air Force program, most likely the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.   Business: Boeing KC-46 tanker on track…

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News Briefs December 10, 2014

Posted  December 10, 2014

Food service firms admit cheating U.S. military Several international companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Court documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables and bottled water,…

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Technical interchange meeting focuses on hypersonic capabilities

Posted  December 10, 2014

An Air Force and Navy Technical Interchange Meeting on ground testing of materials for high-speed aerospace applications was held here last month to discuss needs across the community in terms of current tools and methodologies.

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NAVAIR, Boeing delivers 20th P-8A to fleet operators at NAS Jax

Posted  December 10, 2014

Boeing photograph P-8A Poseidon aircraft No. 760 takes off from a Boeing facility in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 9 for delivery to fleet operators in Jacksonville, Fla., marking the 20th overall production P-8A aircraft for the U.S. Navy. This Poseidon, a game changer for naval aviation, will join a growing fleet of the newest U.S. Navy…

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Orion spacecraft heading home after successful at-sea recovery by U.S. Navy, NASA

Posted  December 10, 2014

Engineers are getting their first look at the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft following its successful flight test and recovery Dec. 5. With the spacecraft recovered from the Pacific and brought to port in San Diego, technical teams are examining flight data recorders and samples of the heat shield to learn as much as possible about…

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Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

Posted  December 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Lockheed Martin to provide its space inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite.

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Sixty years later: still the fastest man on earth

Posted  December 10, 2014

Courtesy photograph On Dec. 10, 1954, Col. John P. Stapp propelled down the Holloman High Speed Test Track aboard the Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1 at a rate of 632 miles per hour. The purpose of this experiment was to see at what speed a pilot could safely eject. The Sonic Wind 1, the sled…

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Northrop Grumman completes center fuselage for first Norwegian F-35 aircraft

Posted  December 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has completed – on budget and on schedule – the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing variant designated AM-1.  

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U.S. Marine Corps flies data link-equipped MALD-JÆ for first time

Posted  December 10, 2014

The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force successfully collaborated with Raytheon for the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-JÆ) equipped with a radio data link. Adding the data link expands the weapon’s situational awareness and allows for in-flight targeting adjustments. Raytheon flew a captive carry mission from U.S. Marine…

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America’s entry into World War II remembered 73 years later

Posted  December 10, 2014

Courtesy photograph President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Declaration of War against Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, a day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt told a joint session of Congress…

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