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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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Fourteen names to be added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Posted  May 5, 2014

The names of 14 American servicemen will be engraved on the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial over the next week, and the status designations will be changed for eight others whose names are already on The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. May 11…

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MUOS gives Navy first reliable military satellite connection in Arctic

Posted  May 5, 2014

Analysis of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites during the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Ice Exercise shows they provided nearly 150 hours of secure data connections. This was the first time military users could transfer large megabyte data files over stable satellite connections in the arctic. Working atop a floating ice camp above the Arctic Circle,…

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Australian air force makes home at Luke AFB

Posted  May 5, 2014

The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke’s first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II. The 61st Fighter Squadron and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will house the RAAF personnel. The goal is to build a cohesive,…

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Boeing delivers 100th EA-18G Growler to U.S. Navy

Posted  May 5, 2014

Boeing has delivered the 100th EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy, marking a major milestone in the program that has transformed airborne electronic warfare capability for the U.S. and its allies. A derivative of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler is the only aircraft in production that provides tactical jamming and electronic protection for U.S….

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Obama’s inaction invites challenges to the U.S.

Posted  May 5, 2014

In the Philippines this week, President Obama took a cheap shot at critics of his foreign policy. “Why is it,” the president pondered at a news conference, “that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget?”…

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Headlines May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Business: Airbus: U.S. Army’s extra Lakota helicopter buy boosts foreign sale potential – The U.S. Army’s decision to purchase 100 additional Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to company officials. Levin asks Pentagon whether F-35 engine needs competition – Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin…

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News Briefs May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Top two Pentagon intelligence officials quitting The Pentagon says the top two officials at its Defense Intelligence Agency are retiring. The departure of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as director of the DIA and David Shedd as his deputy was announced Wednesday by the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Kirby said the two…

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Navy’s X-47B program ramps up flight test, readying for summer sea trials

Posted  May 2, 2014

The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.

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Northrop Grumman delivers Mode S upgrade for the U.K.’s Sentry E-3D AWACS

Posted  May 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman has designed, developed, integrated and fielded a Mode S upgrade to the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator for the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System fleet based at Royal Air Force Waddington. The IFF interrogator is a sophisticated airborne defence system that provides a long-range, rapid early warning and detection capability, allowing…

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ATK delivers fully outfitted light gunship to Jordan

Posted  May 2, 2014

ATK, a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, in conjunction with King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, has delivered the first modified CASA-235 light gunship aircraft to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ATK was awarded a contract by KADDB to modify two of the country’s CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly capable and cost-effective special mission…

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