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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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NASA’s Spitzer sees the light of alien ‘super Earth’

Posted  May 8, 2012

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a “super-Earth” planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets. “Spitzer has amazed us yet again,” said Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist…

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR successfully engages moving target in Apache demonstration

Posted  May 8, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s Direct Attack Guided Rocket successfully tracked and engaged a moving target in a recent demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. “DAGR hit a moving taret from 3.5 kilometers,” said Hady Mourad, DAGR program director in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “Defeating high-value targets on the move is a critical capability, and…

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World

Mideast nuclear conference in jeopardy

Posted  May 8, 2012

Hopes dimmed May 8 for staging major nuclear talks later this year between Israel and its Muslim rivals, as Iran and Arab countries at a 189-nation conference accused Israel of being the greatest threat to peace in the region and Egypt warned that Arab states might rethink their opposition to atomic arms. Because Israel has…

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Veterans

Reunions 2012

Posted  May 8, 2012

May 2012 Unit / Ship: 67th Tact Recon Wing (All Units) Location: Newport, VA Dates: May 7, 2012 to May 11, 2012 For more information about this reunion, contact: Holly Faux (570) 709-8551 fauxhr@gmail.com     Unit / Ship: 52-C Pilot’s Reunion Location: San Antonio, TX Dates: May 7, 2012 to May 11, 2012 For more information about this reunion, contact:…

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Air Force innovation

Posted  May 8, 2012

COTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, was among a panel of educators and civic leaders in St. Louis on April 27 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or better known as STEM, education to an audience of teachers, parents...

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Business

Raytheon fires Excalibur from G6 self-propelled howitzer

Posted  May 8, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has fired four Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from the Denel-manufactured G6 self-propelled howitzer as part of a field trial demonstration. Multiple rounds of the combat-proven Excalibur successfully fired from the G6 155mm wheeled howitzer out to a range of 38 kilometers (23.6 statute miles), with all rounds landing within 5…

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Business

F-35 Lightning II flight test update

Posted  May 8, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II flight test program continues to make progress during the first four months of 2012. In March, the program completed 123 test flights totaling 223 flight hours, setting a record for the most System Development and Demonstration flights and flight hours for a single month. During the time period, the SDD…

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Space

Texas officials quiet on space launch site project

Posted  May 8, 2012

Proponents are eagerly pursuing a project to keep Texas at the center of the space exploration efforts, but say they are getting little encouragement from state officials, according to a published report. Leaders of the Texas space industry are anticipating the May 19 test launch of a private cargo ship from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to…

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Jet engine to eat cereal, crayons for a purpose

Posted  May 8, 2012

It might not surprise you to find cereal and crayons beneath your sofa cushions, especially if you are a parent with young children. But what if you found them in a jet engine?

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Northrop Grumman completes flight hardware for tower supporting space telescope mirrors, science instruments

Posted  May 8, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has completed the flight composite components for the structure that connects the Optical Telescope Element to the spacecraft on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. For the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft….

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