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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

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Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

Posted  February 5, 2014

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide to offer UAS workshop in Las Vegas

Posted  February 5, 2014

Professionals looking to gain a better understanding of the emerging unmanned aircraft systems industry can take advantage of a two-day course being offered in Las Vegas Feb. 27 to 28 by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Topics to be discussed include: introduction and impact of UAS; UAS designs; legislation, certification and regulation; industry concerns; applications; operational…

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NASA evolves student rocketry challenge, enhances ties to space launch system

Posted  February 5, 2014

Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo…

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Dryden’s DROID demonstrates autonomous UAS-to-UAS air tow

Posted  February 5, 2014

Engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center chalked up another first for the center recently when they flew a scale-model sailplane that was towed aloft by one of NASA's small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drones - DROID for short.

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Report: U.S. troop morale higher in Afghanistan

Posted  February 5, 2014

U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves, according to a report released Feb. 3. The Army report was drawn from a battlefield survey and interviews in June and July. It was the ninth time…

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NASA Dryden’s Facilities Support Center construction complete

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph Late afternoon clouds provide a dramatic highlight to NASA Dryden’s new Facilities Support Center. Desert landscaping around the 38,000-square-foot structure is intended to minimize water usage with drought-tolerant shrubbery. Construction of the new Facilities Support Center at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has officially been declared complete. Dryden employees were given a self-guided…

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Northrop Grumman to demonstrate faster, simpler way to replace obsolete parts for B-2

Posted  February 5, 2014

PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force will get its first look at a faster, more affordable way to replace obsolete avionics on the B-2 stealth bomber under a contract awarded last August to Northrop Grumman. Under the 43-month, $43.5 million award, the company will produce a functional replacement for a B-2 avionics box called…

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Boeing Business Jets delivers first two BBJ 787-8s of 2014

Posted  February 5, 2014

Boeing Business Jets have celebrated the first two BBJ 787-8 deliveries of 2014. The deliveries, made over the past week to separate undisclosed customers, mark the second and third BBJ 787 airplanes delivered to date. “It’s terrific to see two BBJ 787s deliver within a week,” said Capt. Steve Taylor, president, Boeing Business Jets. “The…

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Community welcomes F-35 European members

Posted  February 5, 2014

Civ-Mil and businesses from around the Antelope Valley welcomed European families stationed at Edwards Air Force Base that are assigned to the F-35 Joint Operational Test and Evaluation program during a ‘meet and greet’ mixer the Larry Chibole Cultural Center in Palmdale, Calif.

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High school students learn STEM applications during outreach tour

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Students in Desert High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program get up-close-and-personal with a hypersonic decelerator test article undergoing structural loads tests in NASA Dryden’s Flight Loads laboratory. About 30 students from Desert, Antelope Valley and Lancaster High Schools and several of their teachers got a first-hand…

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