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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…

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Army’s mid-tier radio advances battlefield network

With vehicles that are equipped with a new high-bandwidth networking radio, soldiers can move across the battlefield, rapidly exchanging mission-critical voice messages, images and video with their commanders.

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Human-robot teams compete June 5 at DARPA finals

In eight days, 25 human-robot teams will compete on the rubble-strewn field of a mock disaster, the robots driving cars, using tools and communicating with their human partners over degraded communication links, just like in a real disaster.

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Excellence in Aviation banquet set for June 13

The Flight Test Historical Foundation’s 5th annual Excellence in Aviation Awards banquet is 6 p.m., June 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles. Tickets are $100 and funds raised will be used for the restoration of aircraft in the Flight Test Museum’s inventory as well as towards…


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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

Posted  June 2, 2014

NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

Posted  June 2, 2014

The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition.

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Boeing, Japan Transocean Air finalize order for Next Generation 737s

Posted  June 2, 2014

  Boeing and Japan Transocean Air finalized an order May 30 for 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The arrival of the new 737-800s in 2016 will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program. “This order is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest levels of comfort, amenity and convenience to the…

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Headlines May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

News: Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans’ healthcare – Eric K. Shinseki resigned May 30 as secretary of Veterans Affairs taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA healthcare system over excessive waiting times and cover ups of what he called “systemic” problems.   Business: Army to seek Northrop refunds over inflated labor rates – The…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Czech minister proposes defense budget rise The Czech Republic’s defense minister says he wants his country’s defense budget to return to growth amid fighting in Ukraine. Martin Stropnicky says the current crisis in Ukraine is a warning sign that a military conflict in Europe is not unthinkable. The Czech Republic, which has reduced its defense…

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F-35 achieves three major flight test milestones on same day

Posted  May 30, 2014

In three separate flight tests May 27, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate.

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Hagel expresses support for Afghanistan troop decision

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said he strongly supports President Barack Obama’s decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends there later this year. “This presence, which is contingent on a signed bilateral security agreement, will help ensure that al-Qaida cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan,” the secretary said…

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Allied air forces paved way for D-Day

Posted  May 30, 2014

The mention of "D-Day" conjures iconic images of men storming a beach riddled with barbed wire, smoke and craters created by German mortar batteries; of men advancing toward machine gun nests and acts of heroism as they made their way inland to secure a foothold in mainland Europe.

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ROKAF receives additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft

Posted  May 30, 2014

  Two additional  C-130J Super Hercules aircraft operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force ferried from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., May 30. These C-130Js will join the ROKAF’s other two Super Hercules aircraft, which were delivered in March. ROKAF aircrews also currently operate a fleet of C-130H legacy aircraft. The ROKAF’s…

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Lightning, tornados over Edwards

Posted  May 30, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds   An  F-35 Lightning II, BF-17, piloted by Air Force test pilot Lt. Col. Jonathan Ohman, F-35 Integrated Test Force, performs interoperability testing with two United Kingdom Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons over the ranges at Edwards AFB, Calif., April 4. BF-17 is a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant…

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