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Space

Virgin Galactic owner makes surprise visit to Mojave

Posted November 14, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, made a surprise visit to Mojave Air and Space Port Nov. 12. He complemented both Spaceship Co. and Scaled Composites on their achievements in producing and testing WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, bringing his vision of affordable manned access to space to reality. The Virgin Group and aab Investments PJS…

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Defense

Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship floated from dry dock

Posted November 14, 2012 by Sarah Burford

Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship completed its first float out operation at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Nov. 13. Designated T-MLP-1, the ship will be named USNS Montford Point, honoring African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Camp Montford Point, N.C, from 1942 to 1949. The first of…

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President recognizes veterans’ service, sacrifice

Posted November 14, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns Nov. 11, and after thanking all veterans, he said more than a million warriors will transition back into civilian life over the next few years. “This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which there are no American troops fighting…

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DARPA’s advanced Space Surveillance Telescope could be looking up from down under

Posted November 14, 2012 by

DARPA’s ground-based Space Surveillance Telescope may soon head to Australia. An agreement reached this week with Australia’s Department of Defense will allow DARPA to take the 180,000-pound, three-mirror Mersenne-Schmidt telescope to Australia to track and catalogues space debris and objects unique to the space above that region of the world that could threaten DOD satellites….

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Space

Soldiers using sunlight to improve combat capability

Posted November 14, 2012 by David Vergun

Soldiers are enlisting the sun’s power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing special forces soldiers in distant outposts the energy they need to accomplish their mission. And, these generators are allowing them precious more time to train Afghan forces and win the friendship of local Afghans. The key benefit of solar is savings…

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Defense

Test team completes final mission on retiring CH-46E helicopter

Posted November 14, 2012 by

After more than 750 hours and 500 flights, the test team for the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter recently completed its final mission as the helicopter, affectionately known as the Phrog, prepares for retirement in 2016. The test team, based here at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., completed the final flight Oct. 9. Part of…

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Business

XCOR announces ATK as Lynx Mark I wing detailed design, build contractor

Posted November 14, 2012 by

MOJAVE, Calif. – XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 14 that it has issued the initial phase of a two-phase contract to ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division for the detailed design and manufacture of the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle wings and control surfaces. This announcement represents a critical milestone in the march toward assembly, test…

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Navy UCAS lab gives the fleet a glimpse at future carrier-based unmanned aircraft operations

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Navy representatives recently participated in tests for the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration that will drive recommendations for digital messaging implementation and unmanned aircraft integration into the carrier environment. Air traffic controllers from USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln supported the final Human Systems Integration modeling and simulation testing at the N-UCAS Aviation/Ship Integration…

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Sentry UAVs launch first flight at Naval Postgraduate School

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Demonstrating its growing partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, the Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office supported the institution’s “first flight” of a Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Oct. 19. Under a new agreement with NPS, PMA-226 manages nine Block 20 and five newer Block 30 Sentry UAVs, expanding the organization’s portfolio beyond manned aircraft. “The…

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Business

Northrop Grumman to provide attitude heading reference system for Israel’s M-346 trainer aircraft

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Alenia Aermacchi to provide the Attitude Heading Reference System for the Israel Ministry of Defense’s M-346 advanced trainer aircraft fleet. Northrop Grumman Italia will provide the LISA-200 AHRS for the fighter trainer under a new contract that builds on its five-year experience as a supplier for the…

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