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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

Posted November 21, 2018 by

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’

Posted November 19, 2018 by

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

Posted November 19, 2018 by

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

Posted November 19, 2018 by

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

Posted November 19, 2018 by

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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High Desert Hangar Stories: John Wayne’s contributions to the war effort

Posted November 16, 2018 by Bob Alvis

This Veterans Day, I was thinking of all those who never served, but embodied that same wartime spirit of the American fighting man. I don’t think anybody would doubt that John Wayne was an advocate for the military in this country, but a few kind of took exception to The Duke’s non-military service in World War II. I would like to say a few things to help give context to the role Wayne played during World War II.

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Mojave Air & Space Port marks Veterans Day

Posted November 16, 2018 by Cathy Hansen

Photograph by Cathy Hansen The U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard from Rosamond High School, directed by Aerospace Science Instructor Master Sgt. Wayne Taylor, presented the Colors before the National Anthem performed by Timothy Lomba and the Invocation by Pastor Charles Lowery, Heirs with Christ Church. Mojave has a long tradition of honoring its…

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