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August 14, 2017
NASA's Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth's atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station. NASA's Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer (PIPER), which will launch a series of test flights over the next few years, could ... read more

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Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
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AAR receives 15-year contract for landing gear maintenance
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Families demand Malaysia accept MH370 hunt offer
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France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
France and Germnay announced they are planning to develop a new joint fighter plane following a French-German cabinet meeting Thrusday. ... more
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Secretary of the Air Force orders instruction review
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US Marines may ground aircraft after latest deadly crash
The US Marine Corps may ground its entire air fleet for a safety review following the crash of an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Australia that killed three Marines, a defense official said Monday. ... more
Alloy Surfaces receives two year contract for flare countermeasures
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State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria
The State Department has approved a $593 million sale to Nigeria of A-29 Super Tucano attack planes with associated parts, training, facilities and weapons. ... more
Air France extends no-fly zone around North Korea
Air France said Thursday it was extending its non-flyover zone around North Korea after a missile from the reclusive state fell into the sea 100 kilometres (60 miles) from one its plane's trajectories. ... more
Marine Corps grounds KC-130T tanker fleet
The U.S. Marine Corps has ordered the grounding of its 12 KC-130T tanker and cargo aircraft as a precaution following the July 10 crash in Mississippi that killed 15 Marines and one sailor. ... more
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China Eastern Airlines to acquire 10% of Air France-KLM
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VH-92A presidential helicopter test bed takes first flight
Lockheed Martin has announced the first flight of the VH-92A test bed for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. ... more
Bell and Boeing receive $53.1 million contract for MV-22 Osprey modifcations
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Dover AFB C-5Ms returned to flight status after grounding
Five of the C-5M Super Galaxy cargo planes stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware have been returned to flight status after landing gear incidents led to their grounding. ... more
Lockheed awarded contract for German P-3C aircraft upgrades
Lockheed Martin Global has received a $158.5 million modification to an existing contract for mission system upgrades to German P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. ... more
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