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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy conduct first catapult launch of X-47B

Posted  November 30, 2012

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have conducted the Navy’s first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The test was conducted Nov. 29 at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. It marks the first of several shore-based catapult-to-flight tests that will be…

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Federal Launch Liability Indemnification Bill passed

Posted  November 30, 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an extension of the government’s authority to indemnify launch services companies from third party claims for certain amounts of money resulting from launch vehicle accidents. The current authority expires Dec. 31, 2012. H.R. 6586 was not controversial, and it extends for two years the provisions of a 1988 law….

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‘Space junk’ growing issue for AF space operations

Posted  November 30, 2012

Members of the 1st and 7th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., took notice when an upper stage Russian rocket disintegrated in low earth orbit Oct. 16. The break up introduced an estimated 500 pieces of debris into an area where the U.S. operates a multitude of satellites, further congesting an already…

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New Mojave Air/Space Port board director elected

Posted  November 30, 2012

A new director of the East Kern Airport District board, which operates the Mojave Air and Space Port, was elected Nov. 6. He is Allan L. Peterson, who has been president and CEO of the National Test Pilot School since June 2011. Peterson is a West Point graduate, with more than 3,500 flying hours on…

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McKeon, McCarthy want to honor Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong

Posted  November 30, 2012

Washington D.C. Congressman Howard ìBuckî McKeon, R-Calif., and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to redesignate NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. Joining McCarthy in introducing this legislation…

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NASA pilot living his dream

Posted  November 30, 2012

Palmdale, California resident Troy Asher is a man who doesnít believe in working for a living instead Asher believes that people should pursue their passion and go after the education needed to become a success in that special career that calls out for them. Someone once told me that if you do what you love,…

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Panetta honors vets at ‘Wall’ education center groundbreaking

Posted  November 30, 2012

The education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Wall” will be a place to join the past to the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the center's groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 28.

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Mercury probe confirms ice at poles

Posted  November 30, 2012

Instruments aboard NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft studying the planet Mercury have provided compelling support for the long-held hypothesis the planet harbors abundant water ice within its permanently shadowed polar craters. There is also evidence of a dark insulating material above some of the ice, which is believed to be…

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U.S. Army orders additional General Dynamics’ two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios

Posted  November 30, 2012

The U.S. Army recently awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, an additional production order valued at approximately $306 million for 3,726 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios. The two-channel PRC-155 radios, along with vehicle integration kits and related accessories, are part of the Army’s Capability Set 13 networking…

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War contractor: Feds should pay lawsuit damages

Posted  November 30, 2012

An Iraq war contractor that lost an $85 million verdict to a group of sickened U.S. soldiers has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay the soldiers’ damages. In early November, 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers won the verdict against Kellogg Brown and Root, an engineering and construction firm that helped…

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