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NAVAIR professionals team with NASA, FAA and Army in helicopter crash test

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NASA photograph A CH-46 Sea Knight fuselage hits the ground during a 30-mile-per-hour free fall at NASA Langley Research Center, Va., Aug. 28 during a joint crashworthiness test. The Naval Air Systems Command, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Army teamed up to study helicopter crash survivability. Engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center…

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Boeing tanker remains on schedule with start of second refueling boom Assembly

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Boeing workers in Seattle took another step toward delivering next-generation aerial refueling capability to the U.S. Air Force Sept. 3 when they began assembling the second refueling boom for the KC-46A Tanker program. Based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom and hose and drogue systems, making it…

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Air Force, Boeing finalize KC-46A tanker design

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Salanitri Maj. Damen Forte (right), who’s been aircrew on the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III, is at the controls to the Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46, with Greg Bulkley, chief technical pilot for Boeing’s KC-46. The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design…

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Boeing to build 56 additional A-10 wings for U.S. Air Force

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Boeing will continue improving U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II mission readiness, and decreasing maintenance costs, through a follow-on order for 56 replacement wings for that aircraft. Boeing is on contract to build up to 242 wings, including these, at its plant in Macon, Ga. Refitting the fleet with new wings will improve the mission…

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NASA selects 11 space radiobiology research proposals

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NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 11 ground-based research proposals using beams of high-energy, heavy ions to simulate space radiation to better understand the risks this radiation poses to humans. The proposals were in response to the research announcement, “Ground-Based Studies in Space Radiobiology.” The selected proposals are from 11 institutions in eight states, which…

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Recent activities in commercial spaceflight

Posted September 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Commercial space flight firms have been active in the past weeks. Lease of NASAís pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., is now a two firm competition; Orbital Sciences has a firm launch date for bringing cargo up to the International Space Station; SpaceX continues its plans for a Texas launch site; Virgin Galactic announced more…

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Virgin Galactic to host career fair

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Virgin Galactic, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, are hosting a career fair Sept. 7 in Mojave, Calif., and online to expand their best-in-class teams. More than 100 positions are available for innovative engineers, procurement gurus, superstar composite technicians and more, offering a truly out-of-this-world career with history-making opportunities. Open…

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VKF modernization program reaches a milestone, ready to pave the way for next-generation flight simulation testing

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Air Force photograph by David Housch Joe Syler, Aerospace Testing Alliance outside machinist, makes an adjustment to the Ares I first stage booster model in the centerís von Karman Facilityís Tunnel B prior to the resumption of heat transfer testing. ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. ñ A team comprised of engineers, outside machinists, schedulers and…

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MEADS system to identify friend or foe aircraft Certified by U.S. Air Traffic Control Office

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system has been certified for operation. MEADS became the first U.S. system approved to incorporate a non-U.S. cryptographic device in 2009. Certification by the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System Program Office is a significant…

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NASA selects 2013 NASA Innovative Advanced Technology Concepts for continued study

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NASA has selected six technology proposals for continued study under the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The proposals selected for Phase 2 of the 2013 NIAC Program address a range of visionary concepts including photonic laser thrusters, extreme sample return, and innovative spherical robots designed for planetary exploration. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate based the…

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