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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic Defense

Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

Lockheed Martin photograph by Mike Wilhelm Business

Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Defense

Air Force officials release draft EIS for F-35 operational basing

Posted  April 16, 2012

The Air Force has filed a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed operational basing of the F-35 Lightning II within the continental United States. The current active Air Force and Air National Guard alternatives under consideration are: Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Jacksonville Air Guard Station, Fla.; Mountain Home…

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Raytheon, Lockheed Martin complete integration milestone on upgrade of Global Positioning System

Posted  April 16, 2012

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first significant integration milestone between Raytheon’s Global Positioning System and Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellite system. The joint Lockheed Martin/Raytheon team successfully exchanged satellite commands and telemetry data between the GPS III satellite simulator in Newtown, Penn., and the OCX development site in Aurora, Colo. The integration of…

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New jet engine test cells under construction at Tinker

Posted  April 16, 2012

Two more jet-engine test cells are under construction at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. According to Mason Hopkins, Engine Test Program Manager with the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group, one of the structures will provide depot testing capability for the F135 engine, the power plant in the F-35 Lightning II…

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Utah air base could lose jobs with F-35 jets

Posted  April 16, 2012

According to an Air Force study, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base could lose jobs under a plan to replace an aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with the new F-35. A draft environmental impact statement, released April 13, says Hill would need from $18 million to $40 million in construction, depending on the number of…

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Lockheed chief test pilot hits 1,000 hours in Raptor

Posted  April 13, 2012

Friends and family gathered April 6 to congratulate F-22 Lockheed Martin Chief Test Pilot James “JB” Brown III on his 1,000 hours of flying an F-22 at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Brown is the first test pilot to reach 1,000 hours in a Raptor. Guests cheered as…

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Space

Last piggyback ride

Posted  April 13, 2012

NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft number 905 arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., April 10 for its final shuttle-related mission. The aircraft will ferry the space shuttles to their final resting places by fall. Currently, NASA technicians are preparing Discovery for the ferry flight early next week to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport…

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News Briefs April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

U.S. drone crashes on Seychelles runway A U.S. Embassy statement from Nairobi, Kenya, says an American military drone used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles. A U.S. statement said the unmanned, unarmed Air Force drone crashed April 4 near the Seychelles International…

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B-1 mission planning software early release improves capabilities

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently completed an early fielding of B-1 Mission Planning Release 6.0 software. This release provides new features and capabilities and minimizes the time currently needed to do mission planning. “Currently, the user has to…

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Events

Scaled Composites hosting career day at Mojave airport

Posted  April 13, 2012

Timed to create a fun and family day in conjunction with Plane Crazy, Scaled Composites is holding its first-ever Career Day April 21, at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Calif. Scaled will open its hanger doors, and several dozen employees will be available to discus potential job fits with applicants. There is listing of…

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Study says worldwide UAV market will total $89 billion

Posted  April 13, 2012

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles continue as the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade, report Teal analysts in their latest integrated market analysis. Teal Group’s 2012 market study estimates that UAV spending will almost double over the next decade from current worldwide UAV expenditures of $6.6 billion annually to $11.4 billion, totaling…

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