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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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Northrop Grumman builds 50,000th tactical gyroscope

Posted  July 3, 2014

Northrop Grumman has produced its 50,000th G-2000 gyroscope, the world’s smallest tactical grade, dynamically-tuned gyroscope in production, which is used for both military and commercial purposes. The G-2000 senses rate orientation for stabilization and targeting applications. Since 1992, Northrop Grumman’s Salt Lake City facility has produced the two-axis G2000 gyroscope for missile and torpedo guidance,…

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NASA, Boeing sign space launch system contract

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space. The $2.8 billion contract validates Boeing’s earlier selection as the prime contractor on the SLS core stage, including the avionics,…

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Future vertical lift capability focuses on tech demo

Posted  July 3, 2014

Image courtesy of Karem Aircraft AVX Aircraft Company, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky-Boeing Team, and Karem Aircraft all promise to build a Future Vertical Lift aircraft that is faster, more agile, can travel father and cost less than today’s helicopters. This particular variant is Karem’s. The Army-led Future Vertical Lift program is being developed to replace the…

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Lockheed Martin to enhance U.S. Navy C4ISR collection, dissemination capabilities

Posted  July 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin will work to enhance how the Navy exchanges C4ISR data throughout the space, air, surface, subsurface, and unmanned sensor domains under a contract with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. This IDIQ contract has a ceiling value of $35 million over five years. For the Navy, every platform is a sensor, and…

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Missile-warning satellites contract awarded

Posted  July 3, 2014

The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif., for production of the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, geosynchronous, or GEO, missile-warning satellites. “This is a great day in the history of…

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Boeing, U.S. Navy expand P-8A maritime patrol fleet with 14th delivery

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing recently helped expand the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol capabilities with delivery of the 14th P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A, delivered on schedule, is now with its squadron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing will deliver seven more of the maritime patrol aircraft this year. We’re putting P-8A aircraft through their paces out in…

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Northrop Grumman receives $3.6 billion multiyear contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

Posted  July 3, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.6 billion fixed price, incentive fee multiyear contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 50.

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Face of Defense: France honors World War II veterans

Posted  July 3, 2014

Navy photograph by PO1 David Kolmel Aboard the French FlorÈal-class frigate FS Prairial berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Rear Adm. Anne Cullere, commander in chief of French forces in the Pacific, presents U.S. World War II veteran Shuji Akiyama, whoíd fought with the 100th Battalion, the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor during…

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Watching Earth breathe

Posted  July 3, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

Posted  July 3, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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