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High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilots have added their names to the fraternity of those that have gone supersonic, but let’s look back at when it was just a handful.

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The Golden Era of Test Flight: Another iconic aerospace hero has flown west

NASA Test Pilot John A. Manke, Sr., age 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2019. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Manke was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Selby, S.D. Manke attended the University of South Dakota before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

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DIA report details threats to America’s space-based world

Space enables the modern world, and the United States needs to maintain its progress in this critical domain if it hopes to lead in the future. That’s the conclusion of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s report titled “Challenges to Security in Space,” released today.

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NASA contracts to demonstrate unmanned aircraft technologies

NASA has signed contracts with three industry partners in a bid to demonstrate progress in the use and eventual certification of systems critical to the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

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NASA’s record-setting opportunity Rover mission on Mars comes to end

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet.

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Air Force ‘home’ of C-130 testing becomes detachment

Posted  October 1, 2018

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. C-130H taxis through the fog upon arrival at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 11. The 96th Test Wing’s C-130 testing unit became a detachment Sept. 10. The new 96th Operations Group Detachment 1 is responsible for all C-130 acquisition developmental testing. The 413th Flight Test Squadron’s C-130…

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NASA calls for instruments, technologies for delivery to moon

Posted  October 19, 2018

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on…

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Northrop Grumman contributions critical to fourth AEHF satellite launch for the U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 30, 2019

The fourth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected military communications satellite was successfully launched Jan. 28 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. In support of AEHF prime contractor Lockheed Martin and the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Northrop Grumman provides the communication payloads for all of the AEHF satellites. In…

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope makes first atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets

Posted  July 20, 2016

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.

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Mattis: More data needed to assess women’s effectiveness in combat arms

Posted  September 28, 2018

With so few women in combat arms right now, the services and Defense Department officials really can’t judge how successful the effort has been, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., Sept. 25.

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