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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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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force breaks ground on new fourth building

Posted  June 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by Don Popp From left to right: Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright; Col. Cassie B. Barlow, commander of 88th Air Base Wing;† Fran Duntz, chairman of the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Managers; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air…

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Trident II D5 missile reaches 150 successful test flights

Posted  June 4, 2014

Navy photograph One of two Trident II D5 missiles tested June 2 by the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile, built by Lockheed Martin, has achieved 150 successful test flights, setting a new reliability record for large ballistic missiles. The Navy launched two unarmed missiles June 2 in the Atlantic…

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Living History flying day

Posted  June 4, 2014

The Planes of Fame Living History Flying Day begins at 10 a.m., June 7. The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt will be on display and will also perform a flight demonstration. The membership-sponsored raffle flight will be announced at noon. Additionally, five World War II fighter pilots will speak to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day…

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Lockheed Martin to provide U.S. Air Force with Space Fence radar to safeguard space resources

Posted  June 4, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $914 million contract to improve the way objects are tracked in space and increase our ability to prevent space-based collisions. Lockheed Martin’s Space Fence solution, an advanced ground-based radar system, will enhance the way the U.S. detects, catalogs and measures more than 200,000 orbiting objects. With…

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June 2014

Posted  June 4, 2014

June 6 – 10th Meeting of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group, Boston, Mass. http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag/exopag10/ June 7 – Chinese/Soviet Technical Forum, London, United Kingdom www.bis-space.com/2013/11/27/12174/chinesesoviet-forum-2 June 8-13 – Goldschmidt 2014 Geochemistry Conference, Sacramento, Calif. http://goldschmidt.info/2014/index June 8-14 – Conference: Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, Giardini Naxos, Italy https://indico.skatelescope.org/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=270 June 9 – Meeting: Exploration…

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Exercise Angel Thunder

Posted  June 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Bradley Church SSgt. Christopher Lindsay, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape specialist with the 412th Operations Support Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., familiarizes his self with a map during Exercise Angel Thunder, Papago Army Air Field, Phoenix, Ariz., May 8, 2014. Angel Thunder is a multilateral annual exercise that supports…

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Raytheon selected to demonstrate next generation, modular radar system

Posted  June 4, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $6 million study and demonstration contract by the Office of Naval Research to further develop an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar. Raytheon’s EASR concept leverages proven Radar Modular Assembly architecture matured on Air and Missile Defense Radar. EASR’s flexible approach meets the performance needs of different candidate ship classes for ship…

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Loads tests validate design of hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator

Posted  June 4, 2014

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Technicians prepare the “donut” test article for the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator structural loads testing in NASA Armstrong’s Flight Loads Laboratory. A new donut-shaped inflatable device designed to more effectively slow down a spacecraft upon atmospheric re-entry to Earth or other planets could not only be more economical than current…

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Veteran’s job fair

Posted  June 4, 2014

RecruitMilitary is hosting a veteranís job fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 19 at Dodger Stadium. The purpose of the job fair is to connect veterans with veteran-friendly employers. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with veteran-friendly employers including USAA, Home Depot, Waste Management, Verizon Communications, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Wells Fargo, Starbucks…

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The End of an Era: 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony

Posted  June 4, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Capt. Cory O’Brien Honor Guard Airmen lower the United States and Kyrgyz Republic flags as part of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony June 3, 2014, at transit center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Airmen assigned to the Transit Center during its tenure loaded and flew 42,000 airlift missions, hauling 1.4 billion pounds…

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