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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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Airmen wrap up ‘Eager Lion’ over Jordan skies

Posted  June 11, 2014

For the past two weeks, airmen from around the world converged in Jordan to provide airpower to sister services and partner nations throughout Exercise Eager Lion 2014.

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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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Raytheon awarded $115.5 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $115.5 million contract to remanufacture, overhaul and provide upgrades to Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems. The CIWS is an integral element of the Navy’s Fleet Defense In-Depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program. Work under the contract, which was signed during the second quarter 2014, is expected to be completed…

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Army develops first-of-its kind phase-coherent fiber laser array system

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Computational and Information Science Directorate's Intelligent Optics Team, and partners, recently developed, engineered, demonstrated and delivered the world's first known working Adaptive Phase Coherent Fiber Laser Array system

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NASA announces two upcoming undersea missions

Posted  June 11, 2014

NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities. These studies provide information that correlates directly to life aboard the space station, where crew members must…

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U. Missile Defense Agency, Northrop Grumman conduct wargame to improve understanding of ballistic missile defense complexity

Posted  June 11, 2014

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed multiple sessions of a missile defense wargame for the second annual Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum recently concluded at Fort Belvoir. Wargames are often used to demonstrate future ballistic missile defense system capabilities to the warfighting communities, allowing them to develop concepts of operations…

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Headlines June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

News: U.S. sending advisers, military gear to Ukraine – A small team of American military advisers will soon head to Ukraine to assess that embattled nation’s “mid- and long-term needs for defense reform,” a Pentagon official said June 5.  Pilot unharmed in Super Hornet crash off California coast – An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the water…

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Remembering D-Day

Posted  June 6, 2014

D-Day: June 6, 1944, as it happened Rolling timeline of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, updated hour by hour as events unfolded on the day. President Obama praises the men who breached ‘Hitler’s wall’ and freed Europe President Barack Obama led an emotional tribute to the thousands of troops who gave their lives…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft ready to feel heat

Posted  June 6, 2014

NASA photograph by Daniel Casper Engineers completed installing the heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft ahead of its first trip to space in December. The flight test will send an uncrewed Orion 3,600 miles into space before returning it to Earth for the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The heat shield will help protect the…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 150th center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II

Posted  June 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman has marked another significant production milestone for the F-35 Lightning II program by delivering its 150 th center fuselage to F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The center fuselage is the core structure around which the aircraft is built.

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