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Boeing completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

Posted December 3, 2014 by

NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The Certification Baseline Review is the first of many more milestones, including flight tests from Florida’s Space Coast that will establish the…

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Japanese aircraft of World War II

Posted December 3, 2014 by

The Planes of Fame Air Museumís monthly Living History event for December is 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 6. Doors open at 9 a.m. The topic this month is Japanese Aircraft of World War II and will feature a Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi D3A “Val” replica and the Yokosuka Suiseu D4Y3 (Judy) Model 43. Dan King, author…

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DOD seeks future technology via development plan

Posted December 3, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department seeks technology and innovative ideas as part of its Long Range Research Development Plan within the Defense Innovation Initiative, a broad effort that examines future capabilities, dominance and strategy, a senior DOD official said Nov. 24. The newly-released LRRDP Request for Information will provide a way for DOD technology scouts to collaborate…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded contract for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted December 3, 2014 by

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a competitive, five-year fixed firm price contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75-inch/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for all military services. Composed of two main components, the MK66 rocket motor and various warheads, the Hydra-70 rocket can…

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News Briefs December 1, 2014

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Army lieutenant wants murder conviction overturned A lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division serving a 20-year prison sentence for the killings of two people in Afghanistan is asking for clemency from his commander. The Fayetteville [N.C.] Observer reports a lawyer for 1st Lt. Clint Lorance says the officer was just trying to zealously protect his…

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Air Force identifies nickel-free material for F-35 aircraft systems

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Nickel-based materials are used in several components of todayís fighter aircraft; however, working with these materials can be dangerous for installers and requires special handling procedures. Through a Small Business Innovation Research contract with the Air Force, Triton Systems, Inc., located in Massachusetts, developed a nickel-free material technology that is positioned for transition to several…

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New combat rescue helicopter HH-60W to perform personnel recovery mission

Posted December 1, 2014 by Daryl Mayer

The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion. “The formal designation of HH-60W…

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Boeing to continue providing ICBM guidance systems to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Boeing will continue to repair and supply the guidance systems of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to the U.S. Air Force through September 2015, keeping the weapon system adequately stocked with spare missile guidance sets and on constant alert. Under a $46.8 million contract, Boeing will serve as sole provider of maintenance and sustainment…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 100th high performance apogee thruster flight

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has reported the completion of its 100th geosynchronous satellite apogee insertion using its iridium/rhenium High Performance Apogee Thruster (HiPAT, including first and second generation design configurations. The successful insertion was achieved with a large geosynchronous telecommunications satellite, built by commercial satellite manufacturer, SSL, which was recently launched. The milestone will…

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News Briefs November 24, 2014

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Fog forces five U.S. choppers to land in Polish field Officials say that that fog forced five U.S. Army helicopters to make an emergency landing in a Polish field and spend the night there, the second such incident since September. The U.S. Army said 15 soldiers were moving equipment to their base in Germany Nov….

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