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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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News Briefs April 2, 2014

Posted  April 2, 2014

Pentagon: No U.S. deaths in Afghanistan in March The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March – the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007. American casualties in Afghanistan have declined as the number of U.S. forces has grown smaller and their role has shifted away from combat. U.S. troops…

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SecAF addresses women in national security

Posted  April 2, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks at the Stimson Center in commemoration of Women’s History Month March 28 in Washington, D.C. James spoke on the current status of women in the Air Force, the importance of women in national security and her personal experience….

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Recalling a record: X-43A Scramjet set new hypersonic record a decade ago

Posted  April 2, 2014

On March 27, 2004, NASA’s X-43A shattered existing speed records for aircraft with air-breathing engines when the scramjet-powered vehicle reached a speed of Mach 6.83 (4,900 mph) during a brief flight over the Pacific Ocean.

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NASA begins search for potential SOFIA partners

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA issued a Request for Information March 31 soliciting potential partners interested in using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft for scientific investigations or for other potential uses. NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress calls for SOFIA to be placed in storage next year unless the agency’s contribution to the project can…

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LVAC: Advancing technology readiness of SLS adaptive controls

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA Armstrong’s highly modified F/A-18A Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft No. 853 validated the effectiveness of the Adaptive Augmenting Controller developed by NASA Marshall engineers for the Space Launch System. Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket?…

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Hagel orders overhaul of POW/MIA identification agencies

Posted  April 2, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 31 that he’s ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon agencies responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of America’s war dead. The reorganization seeks to consolidate the mission, improve efficiency and increase the number of remains identified by the two key agencies charged with POW-MIA accounting efforts — the…

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Our Armed Forces in action

Posted  April 2, 2014

A quick look back at service men and women at the beginning of this year:   Army photograph by Sgt. Eric Provost Supporting Jalalabad’s police U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Perez helps secure the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Jalalabad Feb. 3, 2014, while Security Force Advise and Assist Team Blue with 4th Brigade Combat Team,…

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NASA centers represented at California Aerospace Day

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA photoraphs by Dominic Hart Andres Martinez of the Mission Design Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center discusses the design of a small satellite developed at NASA Ames with NASA Armstrong director David McBride and NASA Ames director Pete Worden at a California Aerospace Day exhibit at the state capitol in Sacramento. David McBride, director…

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Air Force names 2013 Sijan award winners

Posted  April 2, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas ñ Two officers and two enlisted Airmen have been named the 2013 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winners, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The Sijan award, first presented in 1981, was named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor….

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Marand delivers first Australian-made vertical tails For F-35 Lightning II

Posted  April 2, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph The Honorable Dr. Denis Napthine, premier of Victoria, sitting in the F-35 full-scale mock, was among the 250 distinguished guests and employees attending a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, commemorating the delivery of the first ship of Australian-made F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter vertical tails.í A ceremony was held March 31 at…

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