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Headlines – January 22, 2014

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News: Virgin Galactic goes supersonic – Not content with breaking its own previous altitude records, an incredible video of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reveals the latest test flight also managed to smash through the sound barrier. The video, taken by cameras placed on carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo, show SpaceShipTwo reaching its maximum velocity of Mach 1.4, approximately 767mph…

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NASA set for big year in Earth science with five new missions

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For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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Conferences and Events – February 2014

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Feb. 2-6 – 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Ga. http://annual.ametsoc.org/2014/ Feb. 2-7 – Aspen Winter Conference 2014: Unveiling the Formation of Massive Galaxies – Theoretical and Observational Challenges, Ann Arbor, Mich. https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/massive-galaxies-aspen-2014/ Feb. 3-5 – Conference: Vesta in the Light of Dawn, Houston, Texas www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/vesta2014/ Feb. 3-6 – Workshop: Exoplanet Observations with the…

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Headlines – January 17, 2014

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News: One killed in Army helicopter ‘hard landing’ in Georgia – A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, a military spokesman said Jan. 16.   Business: Lockheed makes progress…

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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from second lieutenants to…

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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted January 17, 2014 by Ed Gulick

Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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Boeing starts assembly of final KC-46A test aircraft

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Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017. “All four test aircraft are moving through production to support our transition to…

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NASA tests Orion spacecraft parachute jettison over Arizona

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Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion’s forward bay cover. The cover is…

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said earlier this week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money…

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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report

Posted January 17, 2014 by

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials. The report released Jan. 15 is based on the panel’s 2013 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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