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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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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests engine made entirely with additive manufacturing

Posted  June 25, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on a Bantam demonstration engine built entirely with additive manufacturing. The tests were a key step in the development of a more cost-effective engine family for booster, upper-stage and in-space propulsion. “The demonstration of this engine, made completely with additive manufacturing, is another…

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Former Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for fierce battle in Afghanistan

Posted  June 25, 2014

Facing almost certain death during an enemy assault in Afghanistan, a gravely injured Ryan Pitts, then a sergeant, fiercely fought on, keeping an observation post and fallen soldiers around him from ending up in enemy hands.

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Headlines June 23, 2014

Posted  June 23, 2014

News: U.S and Iraq talking over legal immunity for troops – The U.S. and Iraqi governments are revisiting the controversial issue of legal immunity for American troops, the key sticking point that prompted a complete withdraw of troops in 2011.   U.S. advisers to Iraq will earn combat pay – Special operators being sent to Iraq will receive…

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News Briefs June 23, 2014

Posted  June 23, 2014

Military museum in California closes unexpectedly A Northern California museum dedicated to California’s involvement in U.S. military history has closed quietly and unexpectedly. The Sacramento Bee reported June 22 that the California State Military Museum in Sacramento closed in March amid a dispute between a nonprofit foundation that operates the facility and the California Military…

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Army training, technology evolving

Posted  June 23, 2014

Army photograph by Mike Casey A 1st Armored Division Soldier trains on the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer, at Fort Bliss, Texas. The exercise combined live, virtual and constructive training as part of the Integrated Training Environment. The Integrated Training Environment is evolving to a single synthetic environment that combines constructive, gaming and virtual systems…

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MPS Increment IV reaches full deployment

Posted  June 23, 2014

Battle Management program executive officer Steven Wert recently declared full deployment of the Mission Planning System Increment IV, Joint Mission Planning System, ushering in a new generation of capabilities for mission planners.

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Lockheed Martin launches LV-2 target for ground-based midcourse defense test

Posted  June 23, 2014

Lockheed Martin successfully flew an LV-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile target June 22 for a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system conducted by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Lockheed Martin launched the unarmed missile target from a ground platform at the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. Preliminary analysis shows that the…

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Raytheon kill vehicle destroys complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space

Posted  June 23, 2014

— During a Missile Defense Agency test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle destroyed a complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space. It was the ninth intercept for the GMD program, which is designed to protect the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attack by destroying incoming threats outside of the Earth’s atmosphere….

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Northrop Grumman directs target engagement in successful missile defense intercept test

Posted  June 23, 2014

— Northrop Grumman’s advanced battle management and launch control capabilities successfully performed in the June 22 intercept test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Northrop Grumman is a strategic partner of Boeing for the GMD program that provides the nation’s only defense against long-range ballistic missiles. “Our systems serve a pivotal role in effectively delivering…

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Missile test important step for missile defense system

Posted  June 23, 2014

Missile Defense Agency photograph The Missile Defense Agency’s Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., June 22, 2014. The Missile Defense Agency and its joint partners completed the first intercept using the second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle, or EKV, during a test over the Pacific Ocean June 22. All components seemed…

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