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ATK solid rocket boosters complete major space launch system program milestone

Posted April 29, 2013 by

ATK has successfully completed its solid rocket booster Preliminary Design Review with NASA for the new Space Launch System. The PDR milestone indicates the booster design is on track to support first flight of the SLS in 2017. The SLS vehicle will support NASA’s human spaceflight exploration to all destinations beyond low-earth orbit. “This is…

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Four airmen killed in MC-12 crash in Afghanistan

Posted April 29, 2013 by

The Department of Defense announced April 28 the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the…

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Ball Aerospace hosts mission assurance improvement workshop

Posted April 29, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and the Aerospace Corporation will co-host the 2013 Mission Assurance Improvement Workshop, April 30-May 1 in Boulder, Colo., to explore and document best practices and craft a common approach to mission assurance for the U.S. space program. The workshop at Ball Aerospace is the culmination of nine months of effort…

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News Briefs April 26, 2013

Posted April 26, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,071 As of April 23, 2013, at least 2,071 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 1,717 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA extends mission operations support contract

Posted April 26, 2013 by

NASA has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract. The extension has a total estimated value of $166.8 million and extends the period of performance through Sept. 30, 2014. The…

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CTF celebrates Raptor’s 1,000th sortie

Posted April 26, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Henry The oldest flying F-22 Raptor, tail number 4007, successfully completed its 1,000th sortie April 19. The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated the milestone with a James Bond themed plane-side ceremony, referring to the aircraftís tail number ending in ì007.î The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated an impressive milestone April…

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NASA probe observes meteors colliding with Saturn’s rings

Posted April 26, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn’s rings. These observations make Saturn’s rings the only location besides Earth, the moon, and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur. Studying the impact rate of…

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Affordability priority for F-35 program

Posted April 26, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Crew chiefs from the 57th Wing Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit marshal an F-35 Lighting II, March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The first two aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike…

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News Briefs April 24, 2013

Posted April 24, 2013 by

Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers Senior U.S. Army officials warned April 23 they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed…

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GE Capital Aviation Services signs purchase, leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines

Posted April 24, 2013 by

GE Capital Aviation Services LLC, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, has signed a purchase and leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines for six new Airbus A320 aircraft to expand the carrierís fleet. GECAS delivered the first aircraft to Spirit in March. The remainder deliver in 2013 with all six aircraft coming from…

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