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Mojave Air and Space Port: The sky’s the limit

Posted February 1, 2019 by

Virgin Galactic photograph VSS Unity/VMS Eve take to the skies for Virgin Galactic’s first Spaceflight Dec. 14. The Mojave Air and Space Port, also known as the Civilian Aerospace Test Center, is located in Mojave, Calif. It is the first facility to be licensed in the United States for horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft, being…

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Skunk Works: 75 years of excellence

Posted February 1, 2019 by Alisha Semchuck

NASA image Artist’s concept of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane, or QueSST, that will begin flying in a few years. Whether in the air or on the ground, LockheedMartin Corporation leads the global village in technological advances involving the aerospace and security fields. At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® much of that effort focuses on…

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Lockheed Martin pilot reaches 1000 hours in U-2

Posted February 1, 2019 by Linda KC Reynolds

Ed “KTOWN” Knouse, 56, achieved the 1,000-hour milestone in the U-2 “Dragon Lady” while flying a high-altitude, test mission in the early morning hours of Nov. 28, 2018. The aircraft is capable of flying at over 70,000 feet.

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Space Port board considers honor for Rutan

Posted February 1, 2019 by Stuart Ibberson

The recent board of directors meeting at the Mojave Air and Space Port featured discussion on ways to honor aviation pioneer Burt Rutan. Employees of Scaled Composites, one of the companies Rutan founded at Mojave, and members of the airport community suggested adding Rutan Field to the air and spaceport’s name, to honor the man who some feel has been instrumental in the facility’s success.

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Northrop Grumman continues global innovation

Posted February 1, 2019 by Alisha Semchuck

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman quality team performs final inspection of an F-35 center fuselage produced by the company at its Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence. Innovation paves the road to success at Northrop Grumman — a concept that worked in the past, works in the present and will continue to work in the…

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Lancaster, Palmdale join forces to assist federal employees affected by shutdown

Posted January 25, 2019 by

The Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale are joining forces to assist residents who are federal government employees during the current federal government shutdown. “Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer and I are committed to the wellbeing of our residents — and are working together to take care of those in our community who are most affected by…

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Bus service begins at Edwards

Posted January 25, 2019 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit The Antelope Valley Transit Authority began Route 747 bus service to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 22, 2019. People interested in taking the bus to base can check out the AVTA Edwards Bus service brochure. The brochure outlines the bus schedule, stop locations and fees. From now until…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: U-2s, Notre Dame and Rosamond Dry Lake

Posted January 18, 2019 by Bob Alvis

Many movies have been filmed up here in our High Desert home, but one that stands out and really takes the cake is one that only a trip into the Netflix catalog will satisfy your desire to see. A really unique film with a crazy story line that was pretty much the standard fare in the early 1960s “John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!”

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NASA Armstrong interns create new way to explore flight

Posted January 18, 2019 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Kendrick Morales, left, and Alexander Passofaro, right, work together to transition the software for the Aeronautics AR app from being target image dependent to deleting the target image. If you have ever dreamt of having a NASA aircraft in your living room, then you are in luck. Kendrick Morales, a…

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Food available during government shutdown

Posted January 18, 2019 by Alisha Semchuck

Approximately 800,000 federal government employees are going without paychecks as a result of the government shutdown, which has temporarily rendered them jobless or forced them to work without pay. South Antelope Valley Emergency Services, a food pantry in Palmdale, will help during this time of need, according to Patricia Morales, the SAVES coordinator. “We are…

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