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SMC enters cooperative research, development agreement with SpaceX

Posted June 12, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company’s effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space missions. This cooperative…

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SSL selected to provide satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT

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Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced June 11 that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet…

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OBVA Laboratory to test aviators’ visual capabilities

Posted June 12, 2013 by Michela Greco

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, recently completed the installation of a high fidelity flight simulator in its Operational Based Vision Assessment laboratory.

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NASA’s Chandra turns up black hole bonanza in galaxy next door

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Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered an unprecedented bonanza of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way.

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Army researchers chase helicopter performance gains

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A new study by Army researchers looks at inserting carbon nanotubes into the structural design of helicopter rotor blades to improve performance.

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Headlines June 3, 2013

Posted June 3, 2013 by tomlear

News Rejecting Obama’s plea, House GOP defense bill keeps Guantanamo open, restricts transfers Rebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans June 3 proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. Italy’s ruling…

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Northrop Grumman to bid on CANES Navy tactical afloat network full deployment contract

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Northrop Grumman announced June 3 that it will submit a bid for the U.S. Navy Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) full deployment contract. “The CANES program is critical to modernizing the Navy afloat network for enhanced security, affordability and delivering relevant capabilities to the warfighter,” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes LRASM vertical launch system tests

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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) “push-through” testing of a simulated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Four consecutive tests verified that the simulated LRASM can break or “push through” the MK 41 canister’s forward cover without causing damage to the composite structure, air data probe or coatings of the missile. The…

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Dassault Falcon Jet to expand Arkansas completion facility

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Dassault Falcon Jet plans to increase the size of its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., to accommodate future Falcons, it was announced May 30 at a press conference attended by Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Senators John Boozman ® and Mark Pryor (D), Representative Tim Griffin ®, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and executives…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted June 3, 2013 by Lockheed Martin photograph

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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