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NASA astronaut Rick CJ Sturckow leaves agency

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NASA astronaut Rick “CJ” Sturckow has left the agency and accepted a position with Virgin Galactic as pilot on their Commercial Flight Team. A veteran of four space shuttle flights, Sturckow served first as pilot on STS-88 in 1998 and STS-105 in 2001 and later as commander on STS-117 in 2007 and STS-128 in 2009….

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

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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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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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Former trustee Don Ross dies

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Author, engineer, veteran and former Antelope Valley College trustee Donald M. Ross died May 3 in Lancaster, Calif., according to his son, Gary Ross. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, May 31 – which would have been his birthday – at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, where he was…

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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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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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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92 helicopters to Turkish National

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92Æ helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system in increasingly complex tests against free-flying rockets

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgUnDeED9MM&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin announced May 8 that it has successfully demonstrated the Area Defense Anti-Munitions system in multiple tests against free-flying Qassam-like rocket targets. The prototype laser system has destroyed eight small-caliber rocket targets in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in tests conducted in March and April 2013. Lockheed Martin…

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Raytheon completes first international delivery of Enhanced Paveway™ II GBU-50

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Raytheon has completed delivery of more than 200 Paveway™ GBU-50 guidance kits to a European partner. The GBU-50 provides the 2,000-pound MK-84 or the BLU-109 penetrator with all-weather GPS navigation combined with precision terminal laser guidance. A full range of selectable terminal impact angles combined with a mature combat-proven, height-of-burst maximizes the capabilities of both…

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Boeing delivers first C-17 training center to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

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Boeing has delivered a training center for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, enabling the base to cut costs by training pilots and loadmasters onsite. Since we received our first C-17 at Wright-Patt in January 2011, our local crews have had to go on…

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