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Is there a morale crisis in the U.S. nuclear force?

Posted May 13, 2013 by Robert Burns

Beyond the U.S. Air Force’s embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions. Do those entrusted with the world’s most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions? And is there a morale crisis among these officers? This matters because the missiles…

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Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter achieves certification in Mexico

Posted May 13, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 13 that the S-76D™ helicopter has been awarded Type Certification by Mexico's civil aviation authority, the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil.

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Headlines May 10, 2013

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Business Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy. Bombardier says CSeries on…

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NASA wins prestigious aerospace industry awards

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at…

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Aerojet delivers final Orion EFT-1 crew module reaction control system pod assembly

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 has arrived at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet’s CM RCS pods will provide the full complement of primary and redundant control required for…

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Forecast International expects C4I market will face budget limitations in tight economy

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Information: Who has it, who needs it, and how to distribute it remain the core of C4ISR. Forecast International’s “The Market for C4I” examines 222 leading C4I programs worldwide and reviews 22 companies involved in the production of C4I systems. It projects that the combined market value of these programs will be $50.756 billion over…

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NASA commercial partner Sierra Nevada completes safety review

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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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