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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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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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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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