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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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Aegis Ashore launches Standard Missile-3 for first time

Posted  May 21, 2014

The Missile Defense Agency conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 from the Aegis Ashore weapon system, which is designed to protect U.S. deployed and NATO forces in Europe from ballistic missile attack. The non-intercept scenario tested the safe launch and fly-out of an SM-3 Block IB against a simulated target; an…

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AAR expands support of Boeingís U.S. Army CH-47 helicopter recapitalization program

Posted  May 21, 2014

AAR has won a contract that expands its component repair support of Boeingís Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. This is a significant increase over AARís portion of Boeingís initial Multi Year I program….

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Headlines May 19, 2014

Posted  May 19, 2014

News: VA’s top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets’ care – The Veterans Affairs Department’s top health official abruptly resigned May 16 amid the exploding scandal over delays in veterans’ care.   Business: Airbus looks to overseas, cyber to grow business – free-spending days of the mid-2000s are all but over for the defense…

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News Briefs May 19, 2014

Posted  May 19, 2014

Fire crews make progress on Camp Pendleton fires Marine Corps officials say fire crews are continuing to make progress in battling three fires at Camp Pendleton. Lt. Ryan Finnegan said May 18 that the largest fire has chewed through 15,000 acres and is 55 percent contained. Finnegan says another fire that started at a Naval…

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Dassault announces ultra-long range Falcon 8X

Posted  May 19, 2014

Dassault Aviation May 19 launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra-long range category. The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450 nautical miles and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon. Moreover, it will offer the same low operating economics and the remarkable operating flexibility for…

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Boeing, Air Canada celebrate delivery of first 787 Dreamliner for Canada

Posted  May 19, 2014

Boeing has delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Air Canada, the first airline in Canada to fly the Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of Air Canada’s 37 787s on order for delivery through 2019, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash. today on its delivery flight to Toronto. “The 787 Dreamliner will immediately make a dramatic…

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ATK Technologies bring improved capabilities to GPS users

Posted  May 19, 2014

A Delta IV rocket lifts the Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite into space May 16, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIF-6 is the sixth in a series of 12 next generation GPS satellites. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. Multiple ATK technologies played an…

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First B-52 upgraded with innovative Boeing CONECT system

Posted  May 19, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has introduced into its B-52 fleet the first aircraft upgraded with an advanced communications system, developed by Boeing, that keeps the bomber ahead of emergent threats while improving aircrew safety and situational awareness.

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Elbit Systems of America awarded two contracts to upgrade Marine Corps AH-1W attack helos

Posted  May 19, 2014

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has been awarded two contracts, totaling $14.1 million, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps’ upgrade of their Bell AH-1W attack helicopter fleet. One contract, in the amount of $11.6 million, calls for Elbit Systems of America to provide helmet display tracker system kits on…

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Gulfstream introduces the new G650ER

Posted  May 19, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. May 19 announced the new G650ER, an ultra-long-range aircraft that can travel 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90. This represents an increase of up to 500 nm/926 km over the range of the G650, which entered service in 2012. “The G650ER provides our customers…

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