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Virgin Galactic reaches space for a second time

In its fifth supersonic rocket powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time today in the skies above Mojave, Calif. At 8:07 a.m., PST, WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that lifts VSS Unity high enough to fire its motor, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California.

Business

Northrop Grumman selected to continue F-35 program mission critical work

Northrop Grumman Australia, a fully owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, welcomes the announcement of the assignment of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade work for the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to the Australian defense industry.

Defense

Special Operations leaders testify before Senate on SOF global posture

Calling the breadth and capability of the U.S. Special Operations Forces "astonishing," the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict discussed the global posture of the nation's special operations enterprise during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 14, 2019.

Defense

Army fields new handgun system to military police

The U.S. Army began fielding M17 and M18 Modular Handgun Systems to the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood ,Mo., in December to replace the force's aging Beretta M9, a weapon that has been in use since the mid-1980s and is quickly reaching its serviceability limits.

Defense

Hill AFB Airmen, F-35 a lethal combo at Red Flag

The 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron wrapped up flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II in an exponentially more challenging exercise Red Flag, 19-1 Feb. 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.


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Business

BAE Systems to produce assault amphibious vehicles for Japan

Posted  April 8, 2016

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce new Assault Amphibious Vehicles for the Japanese Ministry of Defense. This contract supports the ongoing development of an amphibious capability within the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. “We’re proud to support the Japanese military’s recapitalization by providing this enhanced amphibious capability,” said Dean Medland, vice president…

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Space

Sunrise flight to space station

Posted  November 17, 2017

NASA photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station’s robotic arm Canadarm2 as both spacecraft fly into an orbital sunrise on Nov. 14, 2017. The cargo craft carried almost 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, science experiments, spacewalk gear, station hardware and computer parts. New research will…

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Crew unpacking new U.S., Russian cargo ships on station’s 20th anniversary

Posted  November 21, 2018

NASA photograph Backdropped against a blanket of heavy cloud cover, the Russian-built FGB, also called Zarya, nears the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the U.S.-built Node 1, also called Unity (foreground). Inside Endeavour’s cabin, the STS-88 crew readies the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) for Zarya capture as they await the carefully choreographed dance of the rendezvous….

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Business

MQ-4C Triton improves mission capability with successful software upgrade test

Posted  April 5, 2017

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton, built by Northrop Grumman, completed formal lab testing and a successful first flight of an improved software suite that enhances the autonomous unmanned system’s operational capabilities and enables Early Operational Capability deployment in early 2018. The Navy conducted the first flight test of the software upgrade which is designed to…

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Veterans

VA releases major report on progress of ‘MyVA’ transformation process

Posted  November 10, 2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a major update Nov. 9 on the MyVA transformation, Secretary Robert McDonald’s effort to transform VA into the top customer service agency in the federal government. This third edition of the program’s semi-annual report shows progress serving veterans with more services, in better time.   “Guided by Veterans’…

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