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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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T-34C crashes at sea near Corpus Christi

Posted  May 2, 2014

A U.S. Navy T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft assigned to Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) with two pilots aboard crashed May 1 while conducting a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:20 a.m., CST. Initial reports indicate the pilots were able to bail out of the aircraft, and that neither pilot was injured….

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K helicopter with rotor blades

Posted  May 2, 2014

Sikorsky photograph Sikorsky’s CH-53K heavy lift helicopter spun the main and tail rotor blades for the first time April 17, at the company’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with…

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Air Force implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted  May 2, 2014

The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who have fewer than 18 years or 20…

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NASA invests in hundreds of U.S. small businesses to enable future missions

Posted  May 2, 2014

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

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Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i light helicopter for first time

Posted  May 2, 2014

Boeing's AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter's close air support and attack capabilities.

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GOES-R weather satellite modules delivered to Lockheed Martin

Posted  May 2, 2014

The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the…

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Lockheed Martin employees’ donations support 48 charitable agencies with more than $240,000

Posted  May 2, 2014

PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Employees Reaching Out (AERO) Club delivered checks totaling more than $240,000 to 48 non-profit agencies in Antelope Valley and surrounding communities.  “The generosity of our employees by donating through the AERO Club shows the tight connection we feel between the community and our company,” said Tom Hartmann, director of…

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Team JSTARS reaches 100,000-hour flying milestone

Posted  May 2, 2014

When a car surpasses 100,000 miles, it may be time to get a new one.

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Hubble astronomers use supernovae to gauge power of cosmic lenses

Posted  May 2, 2014

Distant exploding stars observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are providing astronomers with a powerful tool to determine the strength of naturally-occurring “cosmic lenses” that are used to magnify objects in the remote universe. Two teams of astronomers, working independently, observed three such exploding stars, called supernovae. Their light was amplified by the immense gravity…

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Army increases in-flight situational awareness for rapid response forces

Posted  May 2, 2014

With help from the Army's new in-flight internet and mission command capability, commanders of Global Response Force units will be able to plan missions in the air, while their soldiers receive operational updates and watch full-motion video of upcoming drop zones before their parachutes ever open.

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