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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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Air Force researchers test Google Glass for battlefield use

Posted  April 18, 2014

Air Force photograph by Richard Eldridge Dr. Gregory Burnett, middle, and Andres Calvo, right, analyze a graphic representation of movement trackers, as 2nd Lt. Krystin Shanklin tests Google Glass at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Burnett is the chief engineer of the Battlefield Air Targeting, Man-Aided Knowledge, or BATMA(N) group, an advanced technology demonstration and…

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NASA names six new members to advisory council

Posted  April 18, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council. The group advises NASA’s senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration. The six new members are Wanda Austin, Wayne Hale, Scott Hubbard, Miles OBrien, Thomas Young, and Kathryn…

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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

Posted  April 18, 2014

NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said April 16. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region west of Ukraine, far from the tensions in the eastern part of the…

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Posted  April 18, 2014

Air Force Amn. Phoenix Villanueva graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an…

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Five AV High Schools participate in Innovation Challenge

Posted  April 18, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Students from five high schools throughout the Antelope Valley participated in Northrop Grummanís High School Innovation Challenge at Pete Knight High School April 5, to develop the next gas-free vehicle. Participating high schools were: Pete Knight, Tehachapi, Palmdale, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy and Antelope Valley. Students from five high schools…

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NASA astronauts will breathe easier with new oxygen recovery systems

Posted  April 18, 2014

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe, efficient and reliable systems for regenerating oxygen on future human exploration missions.

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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted  April 18, 2014

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by…

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Keel laid for future USS Gabrielle Giffords

Posted  April 18, 2014

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy’s 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., April 16. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the…

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OATH leads to new home for Veteran Jerral Hancock

Posted  April 18, 2014

Commending Lancaster High School students and the Antelope Valley community, actor/musician Gary Sinise spoke via Skype, taking the OATH in support of building Army Spec. Jerral Hancock and his family a new home.

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Boeing delivers 8,000th 737

Posted  April 18, 2014

World’s best-selling airplane marks historic milestone with delivery to United Airlines Boeing April 16 delivered the 8,000th 737 to come off the production line to United Airlines, marking another important milestone for the world’s best-selling airplane. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range), features a special logo. The 737 is the first commercial airplane in…

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