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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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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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NASA’s NuSTAR telescope discovers shockingly bright dead star

Posted  October 8, 2014

NASA/JPL-Caltech image A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait. NASA’s NuSTAR mission discovered the “pulse” of the pulsar a type of dead star using is high-energy X-ray vision. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of…

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Unmanned aircraft soar with new capabilities for Apache teaming

Posted  October 8, 2014

The Program Executive Office for Aviation at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., has once again pushed the envelope of technology for its family of unmanned aircraft systems.

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman deliver payload for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted  October 8, 2014

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System. The payload, delivered Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration…

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NASA partners with X-37B program for use of former space shuttle hangars

Posted  October 8, 2014

NASA photograph File image from June 20, 2001 shows Orbiter Processing Facility 1 and 2 (left) and Vehicle Assembly Building (right) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Program for use of the center’s Orbiter Processing Facility Bays…

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NASA selects three proposals to support behavioral health, performance

Posted  October 8, 2014

NASA's Human Research Program will fund three proposals to help investigate questions about behavioral health and performance on future deep space exploration missions.

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F-15 crashes, pilot safe on ground

Posted  October 8, 2014

An F-15D Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England, crashed at approximately 3:28 p.m. local time Oct. 8 while conducting a combat training mission. One person was on board the aircraft at the time and ejected safely. A board of qualified officers will investigate the accident. Additional details will…

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Northrop Grumman leverages ANSYS for Black Hawk cockpit display system development

Posted  October 8, 2014

Using†ANSYS system and software simulation solutions, Northrop Grumman is developing the next generation of Black Hawk helicopter cockpit display systems that must meet strict avionics standards within programmatic development timelines. Northrop Grumman is using ANSYSÆ SCADE SuiteÆ and SCADE DisplayÆ to provide scalable, fully integrated avionics software for the upgrade of the UH-60L Black Hawk…

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Headlines October 6, 2014

Posted  October 6, 2014

Business: U.S. Army selects Bell, Sikorsky/Boeing to build prototypes for next generation helicopter program - The U.S. Army has picked designs from Bell Helicopter and a Sikorsky/Boeing team to continue development of Joint Multi-Role high-speed rotorcraft designs. Air Force works to replace JSTARS fleet - The Air Force is looking at a range of airframes from Gulfstream…

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News Briefs October 6, 2014

Posted  October 6, 2014

One Airman dead, two remain missing at sea One U.S. airman is confirmed deceased and two more are missing after they were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa at about 3:45 p.m., Oct. 5. An airman that was found by the Japanese Coast Guard and pulled from the sea was later…

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Aviation Restructure Initiative allows UAS workhorses to remain aloft

Posted  October 6, 2014

Army photograph Pvt. Kenneth Lewis and Pvt. Austin Morrison assemble a Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System during training at 2-13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in July. In a climate of deep fiscal cuts, the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative has some good news for its Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  With the Army…

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