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House committee approves defense bill

Posted May 1, 2015 by Deb Riechmann

The House Armed Services Committee passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill early April 30 that seeks to change military retirement benefits, challenges President Barack Obama’s effort to shutter Guantanamo Bay and would keep the A-10 flying even though the Pentagon wants to retire the attack jet. The vote was 60 to 2. The…

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Continuing Promise 2015

Posted May 1, 2015 by PO1 Gary Johnson

Utilitiesman 2nd Class Serina Espinoza, a native of Palmdale. Calif., assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, fits together components of a chain link fence at the Hattieville Government School in Belize City, Belize, during Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to…

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Technology project at Range G focuses on boundary layer transition testing

Posted May 1, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Boundary layer transition tests have not occurred in the hypervelocity ballistic Range G facility at Arnold Engineering Development Complex for many years but this is changing as a result of a new technology project.

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NASA completes MESSENGER mission with expected impact on Mercury’s surface

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A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end April 30 when it slammed into Mercury’s surface at about 8,750 mph and created a new crater on the planet’s surface. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., have confirmed NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry,…

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Boeing upgrades to keep B-1 soaring for decades to come

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  The Boeing B-1B Lancer celebrates its soon to be 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base,Texas, this week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers the supersonic bomber into the digital age with new upgrades. The…

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Friends support the Palmdale Aerospace Academy

Posted May 1, 2015 by Linda KC Reynolds

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy held its inaugural Friends of the Academy Benefit Dinner April 23 at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center and raised more than $26,000 for their scholarship fund.

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Events for May 2015

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May 1-2 – GaryFest Conference: Gravity, Strings, and Holography, Santa Barbara, Calif. http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~GaryFest/ May 1-3 – Sea, Earth and Space Summit, League City, Texas www.ses-summit.com/ May 2-8 – Workshop: Space Weather And Plasma in Space, Kazrin/Tel Aviv, Israel www.tau.ac.il/institutes/advanced/cosmic/Conferences/IsraSWAPS-2015/SWAPS-2015.html May 3-7 – 2015 Joint Assembly on Geophysical Sciences, Montreal, Canada http://ja.agu.org/2015/ May 4 – NewSpace…

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Air Force focuses on assured access to space

Posted May 1, 2015 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29.

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Boeing, Air Tahiti Nui finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and Air Tahiti Nui have finalized an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. “The Dreamliner order heralds an exciting new era for international travel to and from the world’s most beautiful islands – Tahiti,” said Michel Monvoisin, Air Tahiti Nui’s Chairman and CEO. “The entire Air Tahiti Nui family…

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Lockheed Martin delivers 1,000th Sniper® advanced targeting pod

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Lockheed Martin marked the 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod delivery during a ceremony held April 29 at its Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando, Fla. The 1,000th pod, which was delivered to the U.S. Air Force, is a sensor-enhanced Sniper ATP that provides fighter and bomber aircraft with advanced modes for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance…

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