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California races other states to capture new space industry

Posted August 26, 2013 by

As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces key leadership enhancements

Posted August 26, 2013 by

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Aug. 23 key leadership changes and additions as it continues the drive to sharpen its focus on the company’s strategic priorities. Phil Anderson has been named senior vice president of Defense and Contracts, with responsibility for all company contracting as well as solidifying the structure to allow Spirit to pursue more…

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Xiamen Airlines finalizes order for Six 787 Dreamliners

Posted August 26, 2013 by timchisham

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. “Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans,” said Che Shanglun, president and CEO of Xiamen Airlines. “The…

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Air Force releases nuclear enterpriseís future plan

Posted August 26, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The Air Force recently announced a long-term vision for the serviceís nuclear enterprise. The plan, signed by the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force and approved by the 4-star-level Nuclear Oversight Board, provides a framework for advancing and monitoring the overall health of the Air Force nuclear enterprise, supporting infrastructure and processes….

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Bales sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole

Posted August 26, 2013 by Gene Johnson

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. ñ A military jury Aug. 23 sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of SSgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales…

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Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson leaves NASA

Posted August 26, 2013 by timchisham

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson has left the agency, after a 15-year career that included more than 31 days in space, for a position with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. A veteran of two space shuttle flights, Johnson served in 2008 as the pilot of STS-123, a mission vital to the…

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 10 years of mission success for Spitzer Space Telescope

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Ten years ago, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope ñ built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. ñ roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging…

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News Briefs: August 21, 2013

Posted August 21, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,126 As of Aug. 20, at least 2,126 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,763 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Little Rock AFB expands C-130J Super Hercules fleet

Posted August 21, 2013 by

The first of five C-130J Super Hercules airlifters designated for delivery to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in 2013 was ferried to the base Aug. 20 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This aircraft is the first new C-130J for Little Rock AFB since 2009. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, director of the…

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Space, missile defense symposium promotes defensive future

Posted August 21, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

Army photograph by Dottie White Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, gives his opening remarks to kick off the 16th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13, 2013. The symposium took place Aug. 12-15. The Rocket…

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