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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

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A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Headlines May 4, 2015

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News: Authorization Bill a prelude to U.S. spending showdown – The House Armed Services Committee handed the Pentagon and U.S. defense sector a victory by surgically protecting weapon programs and authorizing extra war funding – but a showdown with the White House looms.   Business: Canada plans major sub-life extension – Canada has begun work on a…

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New’s Briefs May 4, 2015

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Senator proposes extended military foreclosure protection Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he has introduced legislation to help protect military service members from losing their homes to foreclosure. The Rhode Island Democrat said May 2 he has introduced a bill to extend one that is due to expire this year. The law protects service members for a…

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Headlines May 1, 2015

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Business: Airbus says it will file criminal complaint over U.S. spy claims – European aviation and aeronautics giant Airbus said April 30 it would file a criminal complaint against persons unknown following German media reports it had become a target of U.S. industrial espionage. Finmeccanica outlines way ahead in U.K. market – Details have emerged about how…

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News Briefs May 1, 2015

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U.S. commander says NATO to step up its intelligence-sharing The top U.S. commander for NATO says the alliance will begin to improve intelligence-sharing with members and cooperation about the movement of foreign fighters from Iraq and Syria to the U.S. and other Western countries. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove says individual nations have been sharing…

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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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Headlines April 29, 2015

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News: Out of control Russian spacecraft plunging back to Earth – The Russian spacecraft that went rogue April 28 has already begun an unstoppable descent into Earth’s atmosphere, experts have claimed.   Business: V-22 tilt-rotor manufacturer Bell Helicopter to cut 1,100 jobs – Citing declining production of its V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft and a soft market for commercial…

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News Briefs April 29, 2015

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High court rejects appeal from protester at military base The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a man who was convicted of protesting outside a military base in California. The justices April 27 let stand an appeals court ruling that said officials did not violate the First Amendment rights of John Dennis Apel when…

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News Briefs April 24, 2015

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German defense minister: widely used rifle has no future A widely used assault rifle has “no future” with the German military in its current form, Germany’s defense minister said April 22, escalating a dispute over the weapon’s alleged shortcomings. Ursula von der Leyen said last month that a study showed the G36 rifle has a…

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Headlines April 22, 2015

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News: Virgin Galactic will fly again – Virgin Galactic hopes to begin testing a new version of SpaceShipTwo by the end of the year according to the company’s chief executive.   Business: Poland selects Patriot, Caracal helos – Poland has selected the U.S. Patriot system and the Airbus Caracal helicopter as the European nation faces an increasingly…

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