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Space

Watching Earth breathe

Posted July 3, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

Posted July 3, 2014 by

ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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Veterans

Raytheon to award student veterans $30,000 in scholarships

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Raytheon and Student Veterans of America will open the application process for the Raytheon-SVA Scholarship July 4, 2014, to be presented to three student veterans pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering fields and who have demonstrated leadership in their local communities. Three $10,000 scholarships will be awarded, for a total commitment of $30,000. Applications…

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Defense

Autonomous vehicles to exploit capabilities of machines, soldiers

Posted July 3, 2014 by David Vergun

Before long, soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems.

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In the news...

Headlines June 30, 2014

Posted June 30, 2014 by

News: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs – President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues.  50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle – When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs…

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News Briefs June 30, 2014

Posted June 30, 2014 by

SpaceX, Orbcomm want to launch satellites in July SpaceX and Orbcomm are hoping that it can launch six commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral early next month. Florida Today reports that the Air Force is reviewing a proposed July 14 launch date for approval. There is a backup date of July 15. The companies are eventually…

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Events

Plane Crazy for Melvill

Posted June 30, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

Pilot and first commercial astronaut Mike Melvill stole the show at Mojave Air & Spaceport’s Plane Crazy monthly event as he recounted his first spaceflight of SpaceShipOne, 10 years to the date in a packed conference room June 21.

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Business

Boeing offers next-generation KC-46 tanker in Korea competition

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Boeing June 30 formally offered to the Republic of Korea the KC-46, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker, as Korea prepares to acquire four aircraft for its first tanker squadron. “We’ve been a strategic and industrial partner with the Republic of Korea for more than six decades and remain committed to helping Korea strengthen its…

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Space

Masten’s Xombie flight tests astrobotic’s autonomous landing system

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Astrobotic Technology's newly developed autonomous landing system was put to the test recently when it controlled Masten Space Systems' XA-0.1B Xombie suborbital technology demonstration rocket during a NASA-sponsored launch and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.

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Veterans

Analysis: U.S. struggles to keep vows to veterans

Posted June 30, 2014 by Steven R. Hurst

Nearly 9 million U.S. military veterans were promised free medical care through the Veterans Administration when they signed on for duty. Now the challenge for lawmakers is finding the money to fix a health care system that many say is broken. Republicans and Democrats are disagreeing over how to pay for the hugely expensive changes….

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