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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Medical official explains F-22 pilot-protection efforts

Posted  May 10, 2012

Air Force officials have instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command said May 9. “The health and safety of our pilots — all of our…

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ONR awarding scholarship money to top students at science competition

Posted  May 10, 2012

The Office of Naval Research will award more than $160,000 in scholarships to a group of young scientists and engineers competing at Intel ISEF 2012, May 13-18 in Pittsburgh, Penn. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competition draws more than 1,500 students in grades 9 to 12 to showcase their independent research projects and…

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Plane Crazy on Armed Forces Day May 19

Posted  May 10, 2012

Plane Crazy Saturday, scheduled for May 19 at the Mojave Air and Space Port, will salute both active duty and veterans of the U.S. armed forces. World War II aircraft have been invited, and there will also be other military displays. Featured speaker will be Maj. David Marten, who was a B-1B pilot in 2000…

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FAA issues OK for SpaceShipTwo flights from Mojave

Posted  May 10, 2012

Virgin Galactic photograph by Hank Greenberg SpaceShipTwo mated to its carrier launch aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. May 4, the FAA Office of commercial Space Flight issued a finding of ‘no significant effects’ to the environment connected with up to 30 total launches and reentries per…

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GAO reports MDA could strengthen acquisitions by reducing concurrency, improving parts quality

Posted  May 10, 2012

According to the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, in fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency, a research, development and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense, experienced mixed results in executing its development goals and Ballistic Missile Defense System tests. The GAO did the study because the MDA has spent more…

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Two Lockheed Martin F-35Bs ferried to Eglin, marking 25th DOD delivery

Posted  May 10, 2012

Two Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing production aircraft were ferried to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 10, marking the 24th and 25th F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense. The fifth generation multi-role fighter…

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NASA social media followers treated to special day at Dryden

Posted  May 10, 2012

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida More than 50 of NASA’s social media followers who gathered in the auditorium at NASA Dryden tweeted and posted to their hearts’ content during opening briefings at the NASA Social May 4. In a special behind the scenes day at Dryden Flight…

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Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

Posted  May 10, 2012

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command scientists are developing the Reusing Existing Natural Energy from Wind and Solar, or RENEWS, at Aberdeen Proving Ground…

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DOD budget request reflects tough choices

Posted  May 10, 2012

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press conference in the Pentagon press briefing room, May 10, 2012. As Congress marks up the military budget, the nation’s defense leaders…

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Raytheon completes first flight test of improved SM-3

Posted  May 10, 2012

Raytheon has completed the first successful flight test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB, which is the cornerstone of phase two of the administration’s Phased Adaptive Approach. This is the 20th successful intercept for Raytheon’s SM-3 program. “This next-generation variant of the SM-3 is critical to the ballistic missile defense of the U.S. and our…

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