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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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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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NASA center ceremony honors two aerospace legends

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich A black cloak is pulled to reveal the new name of NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center to conclude ceremonies May 13 honoring the center’s new designation. Two aerospace legends and their families were honored at a formal dedication ceremony May 13, marking the rededication of NASA’s Armstrong Flight…

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Starlight Festival coming to Big Bear

Posted  May 14, 2014

The 2014 StarLight Festival will be held at the Northwoods Resort & Conference Center May 24 and 25. Located at 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, Calif., the event will be open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. both days. The free event features a wide array of speakers sharing their insights on space exploration, robots, the Sun…

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UTC Aerospace Systems to continue development of a UUV energy-dense PES propulsion system

Posted  May 14, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion energy program. During these follow-on phases, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) will continue the design and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane based Fuel Cell Energy System for a…

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California faults moved quietly after Baja quake

Posted  May 14, 2014

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude 4.9 to 5.3 earthquake.

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Only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world coming to Lancaster

Posted  May 14, 2014

Residents of Lancaster, Calif., will experience ìhands onî history next week when the Commemorative Air Forceís iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, lands at Fox Field accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and several other vintage World War II airplanes. The airplanes will be on display May 19 through 21. Visitors will be able to tour…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  May 14, 2014

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth May 13 after 188 days in space, during which they orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and traveled almost 79.8 million miles.

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From idea to market in eight years, DARPA-fFunded DEKA Arm System earns FDA approval

Posted  May 14, 2014

DAPRA photograph The DEKA Arm System is capable of handling objects as delicate as grapes and eggs and also manipulating power tools, such as a hand drill. DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that…

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ACCESS II alternative jet fuel flight tests begin

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA took to the skies May 7 - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center and National Research Council of Canada - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

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Lockheed Martin integrates latest ground control station technology with Fury UAS

Posted  May 14, 2014

To increase expeditionary capabilities in its long endurance Group 3 Unmanned Aerial System, Lockheed Martin recently fielded its newest Expeditionary Ground Control Station, or xGCS , for use with the Fury UAS. Following its development and manufacturing in Huntsville, Ala., xGCS shipped and was integrated with Fury in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The first xGCS…

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Headlines May 12, 2014

Posted  May 12, 2014

News: Marine jet crashes in Arizona desert; pilot OK – A Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed on tribal land south of Phoenix May 9, but authorities said the pilot was able to eject safely. Budget axe hovering over the military – House lawmakers have rejected most of the Pentagon’s proposed cost-saving measures for next year, raising serious…

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