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NASA commercial partner Sierra Nevada completes safety review

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., has completed its first major, comprehensive safety review of its Dream Chaser Space System. This is the company’s latest paid-for-performance milestone with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with commercial space partners to develop capabilities to launch U.S. astronauts from American soil in the next few…

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DOD makes progress to meet nuclear treaty requirements

Posted May 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

The Defense Department is on track to meet the requirements of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as it also modernizing its ballistic missile defense capabilities, a senior defense official told Congress May 9. Madelyn R. Creedon, assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee the…

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NASA Curiosity rover team selects second drilling target on Mars

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The team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. This second drilling target, called “Cumberland,” lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity’s drill first touched Martian stone in…

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

Posted May 10, 2013 by Joel Fortner

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.

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Business

Raytheon, U.S. Army complete AI3 control vehicle tests

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Raytheon has successfully completed its control test vehicle flights for the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The two CTV flights are part of a company-led effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system elements. Once fielded, AI3 is designed to enhance warfighter protection by destroying a wider array of incoming rockets, artillery and mortars than…

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Mississippi submits proposal for drone test site

Posted May 10, 2013 by Jeff Amy

Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration May 6, according to a Mississippi Development Authority. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well…

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Officials call for continued ballistic missile defense modernization

Posted May 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

Senior defense officials underscored the importance of ballistic missile defense modernization efforts requested in the fiscal 2014 budget proposal during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 9. The budget requests $9.2 billion in fiscal 2014 and $45.7 billion over future years to develop and deploy missile defense capabilities. Madelyn Creedon, assistant secretary of…

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Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

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Boeing has rolled out of the factory the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month. The airplane, which rolled out earlier this week, is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built at the Everett, Wash., factory.   Boeing’s 787…

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Headlines May 8, 2013

Posted May 8, 2013 by

News Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet powers record-breaking flight of X-51A WaveRider

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s SJY61 scramjet engine, achieved aviation history on May 1 by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, flying full duration and achieving mission success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company. “This test flight brings aviation closer…

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