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Moon Express continues lander flight tests under NASA Lunar CATALYST program

Posted February 9, 2015 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAMPD65dvIY&feature=player_embedded Moon Express photograph Moon Express “MTV-1X” during a tethered flight test at NASA KSC in December 2014. The rocket system is fueled by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) so its exhaust is invisible super-heated steam. Moon Express, Inc. has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space Center using the newest version of its…

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Fitz Fulton’s unparalleled lifetime of achievement in flight research

Posted February 9, 2015 by

NASA photograph In 1980 Fulton flew the AD-1, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of an oblique (or pivoting) wing. Distinguished former NASA research pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton Jr., described by colleagues as, The Dean of Flight Test,î died Feb. 4, 2015. He was 89. During a career in the military, civil service…

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SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Feb. 10

Posted February 9, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying. SpaceX called off the Feb. 8 launch attempt because of trouble with the Air Force rocket-tracking radar. The company targeted Feb. 9, but decided to wait until Feb.10 for better weather. That gives SpaceX time to replace a video transmitter on the first-stage booster…

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Key defense suppliers recognized for stellar delivery to warfighters

Posted February 9, 2015 by David Vergun

Getting top-notch materiel to the war fighters in the most cost-effective and efficient manner is what the American public expects of defense contractors. Some do that very well and others not as well as they should, say top Defense Department officials who oversee delivery of such gear. One of the things the military services are…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin sustainment contract for Apache targeting/NVD

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin received an $82 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December from the U.S. Army for AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system sustainment. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Box of live ammo falls from military chopper during training A box of live ammunition accidentally fell from a U.S. military helicopter during a night training exercise over populous South Florida. Miami-Dade police said the box was lost Feb. 4 over an area in the northwest part of the county. Authorities were urging anyone who…

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Shifting of armored vehicles examined in fatal Afghan crash

Posted February 6, 2015 by David N. Goodman

A shifting of heavily armored military vehicles is being examined as a possible factor in the 2013 crash of a cargo plane in Afghanistan that killed six crew members from Michigan and one from Kentucky, the National Transportation Safety Board said Feb. 3. Its 86-page report is described as a summary of operational factors in…

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Boeing, LATAM Airlines Group celebrate delivery of airline’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Boeing and LATAM Airlines Group celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. LATAM Airlines Group is leasing the new airplane from Amsterdam-based lessor AerCap. LATAM Airlines Group will become Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline group launches 787-9 services on South…

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NASA spacecraft returns new images of Pluto en route to historic encounter

Posted February 6, 2015 by

NASA/JHU APL/SwRI photograph The image of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by NASAís New Horizons spacecraft, was magnified four times to make the objects more visible. Over the next several months, the apparent sizes of Pluto and Charon, as well as the separation between them, will continue to expand in the images. NASA’s New…

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AF officials announce fiscal 2016 budget force structure changes

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget, Feb. 6. The fiscal year 2016 budget will continue the Air Force’s divestment strategy presented in fiscal year 2015, but will re-phase the retirement of several weapons systems later into the Future Years Defense Program in order to retain critical…

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