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Spaceflight rocket motor donated to the Smithsonian

Posted February 8, 2019 by

Designed and built by TSC, the donated motor has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the most powerful hybrid rocket to be used in manned flight -- a title which will be shared by both companies.

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Virgin Galactic pilots awarded commercial astronaut wings

Posted February 8, 2019 by

In another historic moment for the commercial spaceflight industry, Virgin Galactic pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and ‘CJ’ Sturckow, were awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings by the U.S. Department of Transportation Feb. 7 in recognition of the company’s ground-breaking first spaceflight from Mojave Air and Space Port, Calif. CA, on Dec. 13, 2018.

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High Desert Hangar Stories: The first plane to define Edwards AFB

Posted February 1, 2019 by Bob Alvis

In the long history of Edwards Air Force Base and Muroc Army Air Field, many amazing aircraft have called the base home. Many aviation “firsts” have taken place in the skies above that prehistoric lake bed that Gen. Hap Arnold said was “as level as a billiard table.”

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Edwards AFB — ‘Innovation Blitz’ and beyond

Posted February 1, 2019 by

The Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base leads the Air Force’s test and evaluation mission, conducting developmental T&E and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems to provide timely, objective and accurate information to decision makers. AFTC has oversight of work carried out at three primary locations across Air Force Materiel Command….

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NASA Armstrong advanced science in 2018

Posted February 1, 2019 by Peter W. Merlin

In its seventh decade of operation, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., continued to advance the agency’s overall missions of aeronautics research, Earth and space science.

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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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