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‘Bomber Bob’ Inducted to Patriot Guard Riders

Robert Wood, at 93, needs a little help getting around, but there is a good reason his nickname is "Bomber Bob." During World War II, history's greatest conflict, theretired Edwards Air Force Base engineer survived 35 bombing missions over Nazi Germany, serving as a command pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress dubbed "Miss Behavin'."

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Record-setting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson retires

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring from the agency, effective June 15. 

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History at a rest stop!

Kramer Junction was originally west of its current location on Highway 58 out by Boron. When the 395 crossed the current 58, the historical four corners became a reality. All that was needed was an owner who could see the potential of this desert crossing to make it flourish. Many of us AV residents have been over these roads many times.

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Sample return technology successfully tested on Xodiac rocket

Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, Calif., flight tested its pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac, on Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket on May 24, launching from Mojave, Calif., and landing to collect a sample of more than 320 grams of top soil from the surface of the desert floor.

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Edwards test squadron completes Joint Strike Missile test program

A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile.


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Armstrong honored for Orion work

Posted  May 20, 2016

NASA's Orion space program representatives came to NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently to honor employees' contributions and talk about the space program.

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VE Day and VE Dad – A Remembrance

Posted  May 20, 2016

The recent headline was “The WWII Holiday in Russia that is practically unknown in America,” and I realized almost immediately that it must have been VE Day, victory in Europe. It had to be.

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General Dynamics DMR Radios ordered for new U.S. Navy surface vessels, subs

Posted  May 20, 2016

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems to build and deliver more than 30 new AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMR), along with related materials and equipment for new Navy surface vessels and submarines. The software-defined radios are a mission critical communications hub for Navy vessels and submarines. The contract modification…

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Flying observatory detects atomic oxygen in Martian atmosphere

Posted  May 20, 2016

An instrument onboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) detected atomic oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago. These atoms were found in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere known as the mesosphere.

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British pilot completes 1,000th vertical landing in F-35

Posted  May 20, 2016

BAE Systems test pilot Peter ‘Wizzer’ Wilson has completed the 1,000th vertical landing in an F-35 Lightning II as part of ongoing flight testing of the jet. The milestone occurred at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and came just 6 years since another one of our test pilots, Graham Tomlinson, completed the first vertical…

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