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

Posted  April 7, 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.

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DRS Technologies to supply energy storage modules for U.S. Navy DDG-51 ships

Posted  April 7, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today it will be providing electric power support for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 class ships by designing and building Energy Storage Modules that will function as a ship-wide uninterruptable power supply. The initial $17 million contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to DRS’s…

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Navy to deploy electromagnetic railgun aboard JHSV

Posted  April 7, 2014

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016, the service announced April 7.

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FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph On March 13, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Mechanic Anthony Rini works on one of two MQ-8B Fire Scouts aircraft being completely overhauled by the FRCSE Team at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, Fla., are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical…

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Hagel visits Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

Posted  April 7, 2014

On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the Peoples’ Liberation Army allowed him, in response to a request made in January, to become the first foreign visitor to tour the sleek refitted Russian aircraft carrier - the PLA’s first - called Liaoning.

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $11 million for support services at Groton sub base

Posted  April 7, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $11 million contract to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. With this modification, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative at the…

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NATO, Sweden train over the Baltics to enhance interoperability among allies

Posted  April 7, 2014

The 17th Baltic Region Training Event, or BRTE XVII, took place at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, April 1 and 2 over the Baltic region, to sharpen the skills of aircrews and air controllers from the U.S., Lithuanian and Swedish air forces.

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Boeing to provide maintenance training devices for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon

Posted  April 7, 2014

Boeing will broaden its support for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through a recent order for maintenance simulators. The Navy plans to begin using six virtual trainers, one ordnance load trainer and 14 hardware-based devices to train P-8A maintenance personnel at Naval Air Station Jacksonville starting in 2016. “As…

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Northrop Grumman to build five more MQ-8C Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

Posted  April 7, 2014

Northrop Grumman will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon.

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NASA awards robotics, vehicle, graphics simulation services contract

Posted  April 7, 2014

NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed-fee task orders. Beginning July 1, the contract has a three-year base period followed by two one-year options and is…

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