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Spaceship co-pilot was experienced test pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by Brian Melley

The pilot killed in a test flight of Virgin Galactic’s prototype space tourism rocket was as capable behind the controls of experimental aircraft as he was tackling technical challenges in the offices where the vehicle was designed. He was also known as a devoted husband and father of two young children. Michael Alsbury, 39, was…

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Jet on Navy training mission crashes, kills pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by

PORT HUENEME, Calif. – A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Oct. 29, killing the pilot, authorities said. The plane disintegrated when it hit the ground at about 5:15 p.m. as it was preparing to land at Naval Station Ventura County. The crash sent…

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F-35 engine fix coming

Posted November 3, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office, said by the end of December he expects to have decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in June at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The engine’s…

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Boeing, Danish defense firms identify future collaboration areas Six Danish companies to work with Boeing across defense industry

Posted November 3, 2014 by

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 30, 2014 ñ Boeing and six Danish defense companies signed agreements Oct. 30 to jointly pursue a range of business opportunities in defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration, and other areas. The agreements with Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma are key elements of…

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News Briefs October 15, 2014

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Navy stops search for missing island worker The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have suspended the search for a civilian employee working on the military’s San Clemente Island off Southern California. The Navy said Oct. 14 that U.S. Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, two Coast Guard cutters and Los Angeles County rescue crews combed the…

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Qatar becomes 8th international customer for Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 missile

Posted October 15, 2014 by

The government of Qatar has selected Lockheed Martinís PAC-3 Missile, becoming the newest international customer for the program. The initial contract is for missile and command launch system production. The PAC-3 Missile will provide the Qatar Air Force with proven, reliable performance with unmatched hit-to-kill lethality,î said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at…

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Lockheed Martin pursuing compact nuclear fusion reactor concept

Posted October 15, 2014 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlYClniDFkM&feature=player_embedded PALMDALE, Calif. The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a new compact fusion reactor that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach. While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years…

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Preparing for Antarctic flights in California desert

Posted October 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph by John Sonntag The constellation Ursa Major looms over a GPS-equipped survey vehicle and a ground station to its left at El Mirage Dry Lake. By comparing elevation readings from both GPS sources, researchers can build an elevation map to precisely calibrate the laser altimeter for ice thickness measurements. At first glance, a…

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Northrop Grumman awarded Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS GEO-5, GEO-6 satellite payloads

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $422 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce sensor payloads on the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6. The U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS provides the nation with continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence. “Northrop…

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Wreaths Across America again coming to Lancaster

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds With help from Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery and the local community our goal is to provide 800 wreaths to adorn every veteran’s grave and every Gold Star mother and father’s grave at Lancaster Cemetery. The Lancaster Cemetery District Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery have…

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