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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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Army researchers link ground robots for collaborative autonomy

Posted  October 31, 2012

Army photograph Jason Gregory and Jeffrey Twigg, both of U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, use their robotics expertise to explore ways to best operate autonomous systems in complex and unstructured situations like those soldiers encounter on the battlefield. Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make…

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Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 missile achieves 143 successful test flights

Posted  October 31, 2012

The U.S. Navy supported the Oct. 23 launch of a United Kingdom’s Royal Navy Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile built by Lockheed Martin. The unarmed missile was launched from the submerged Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant in the Atlantic Ocean. The test marked the 143rd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile…

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Army’s Soldier Radio Waveform demonstrated on Raytheon’s next generation air, ground radios

Posted  October 31, 2012

In a key milestone, Raytheon has demonstrated the Soldier Radio Waveform on its new class of airborne and ground radio terminals, providing soldiers with another way to communicate across disparate networks. During the demonstration, users were able to send voice and data traffic between Raytheon’s terminal and another soldier radio running SRW. Raytheon is moving…

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Film shows veterans reaching Himalayan peak

Posted  October 31, 2012

High Ground is a gripping portrayal of 11 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who join an expedition to climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan Mount Lobuche.

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Dassault introduces the Falcon 2000LXS

Posted  October 31, 2012

Oct. 29, Dassault Falcon launched the Falcon 2000LXS, offering improved airport performance, payload and cabin comfort compared to the Falcon 2000LX which it will replace in 2014. The 4,000 nautical mile Falcon 2000LXS will allow operators to access more airports because of new full-length inboard slats which give the aircraft category-leading airport performance and balanced…

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Northrop Grumman to provide inertial navigation systems for Cessna’s Citation Sovereign business jets

Posted  October 31, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company to be a provider of gyro-compassing, hybrid inertial navigation systems for the 680 Citation Sovereign business jet aircraft.

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Robots, take your mark The DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun! Will it include you?

Posted  October 31, 2012

Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The DARPA Robotics Challenge began Oct. 24. Will you be part of it? Over the next two years, teams will compete to develop and put to the test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response when a disaster strikes. Based on proposals submitted…

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Boeing, Aviation Capital Services announce commitment for 35 737 MAXs

Posted  October 31, 2012

Boeing and Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies announced Oct. 30 a commitment by Rostech to purchase 35 737 MAX airplanes. It is the first commitment for the 737 MAX from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Boeing and Aviation Capital Services will work to finalize the details…

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News Briefs – November 1, 2012

Posted  October 31, 2012

U.S. military chief in Israel to oversee joint drill   The American military chief is in Israel to observe the largest armed forces drill between the two countries. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was meeting Oct. 28 with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the beginning of his visit….

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L-3 Communications third quarter net income falls 18 pct

Posted  November 2, 2012

L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. said Nov. 1 that its third-quarter net income fell 18 percent as the U.S. government cut back on defense spending. The New York-based defense contractor, which makes secure communications systems, earned $192 million, or $1.97 per share, down from $235 million, or $2.24 per share, in the same quarter last year….

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