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‘I’ve been shot at in a lot of countries’

Posted December 7, 2018 by Dennis Anderson

After Vietnam War service as a Seabee (Naval Construction Battalions), and Army duty as a paratrooper and Green Beret, it would have been a good time to call it a day for Master Sgt. Robert Mahoney. Then, the Iraq War happened. His wife issued an order, the kind that lets even a Green Beret master sergeant know who is in charge.

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X-56A suppresses flutter with two controllers

Posted December 7, 2018 by Jay Levine

The X-56A team has suppressed flutter, which is a potentially destructive oscillation, with a modern and a classical controller for the first time at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.

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Experimental wing verified during loads testing

Posted December 7, 2018 by Jay Levine

Structural tests on a uniquely designed, high-aspect ratio, light-weight test wing this fall proved new design and fabrication methods. The 39-foot-long Passive Aeroelastic Tailored (PAT) wing could eventually enable full-scale longer, thinner wings that maximize structural efficiency, reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency.

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High school students around U.S. take virtual STEM field trip Skunk Works

Posted December 7, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin photographs Lockheed Martin Senior Manager, Conceptual Design Brian Hershberger engages with students during today’s “virtual field trip.” PALMDALE, Calif.—High school students took a virtual field trip Dec. 4 to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works where they learned about five advanced technology developments being pioneered by the Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists, or “skunks,” who…

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Interorbital Systems founder shares vision of affordable satellites

Posted November 26, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Randa Milliron, CEO and co-founder of Interorbital Systems Corporation, was a guest speaker participating in a series of educational talks hosted by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade.

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NASA mobilizes to aid California fires response

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For the past two weeks NASA scientists and satellite data analysts have been working every day producing maps and damage assessments that can be used by disaster managers battling the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California.

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Virgin Orbit completes successful captive-carry flight test with ‘flying launchpad’

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On Nov. 18, a new sight appeared in the baby-blue skies over Southern California: A specially modified 747-400 carrying a 70-foot-long rocket under its wing soared through the air as part of a successful test flight for Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne.

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Air Force announces bases to support B-21 Raider mission

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The U.S. Air Force has selected Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, Calif., to lead testing and evaluation of the next generation long-range strike bomber.

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NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology project passes major milestone

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NASA has officially committed to a development timeline that will lead to the first flight of its X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft in just three years.

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Supersonic commercial travel begins to take shape at Skunk Works

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Lockheed Martin photograph A machinist prepares the milling equipment for the first manufactured part of the aircraft structure for the X-59 QueSST at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, Palmdale, Calif. PALMDALE, Calif.–Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® began manufacturing the first part for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, marking a milestone to bring supersonic commercial travel over…

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