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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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Raytheon awarded $655 million contract for Patriot

Posted  March 3, 2014

Raytheon has received a $655 million contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Kuwait. These units are an addition to the Patriot fire units Kuwait currently owns to counter current and evolving threats. Awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as a…

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ARL research fellow explores virtual humans research

Posted  March 3, 2014

At the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, researchers specializing in the art and science of creating an immersive experience work with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to advance interactive simulation-based solutions for training Soldiers, teaching students, treating patients and more. In 1999, the Army and USC joined together to establish the Institute…

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Lockheed Martin IAM employees agree to new four-year contract

Posted  March 3, 2014

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ratified a new four-year labor agreement with Lockheed Martin. The new contract was ratified March 2 and became effective today. The new agreement extends to March 4, 2018. It covers more than 4,700 Lockheed Martin employees in seven IAM bargaining units – flight line mechanics,…

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Raytheon awarded $35 million minehunting sonar contract

Posted  March 3, 2014

Navy photograph The Remote Minehunting System and an AN/AQS-20 minehunting sonar (attached underneath) are brought aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). Raytheon has been awarded $35.5 million to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy’s critical minehunting missions,…

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ATK names Michael Callahan to board of directors

Posted  March 3, 2014

ATK has announced that Michael Callahan was elected as an independent director to the company’s board of directors and appointed to its Audit Committee, effective March 1, 2014. Callahan’s election increases the size of ATK’s board from eight to nine. “Mike’s 36 years of leadership in the sporting goods and outdoor industry, combined with his…

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NASA selects stellar interns as student ambassadors

Posted  March 3, 2014

NASA has inducted 105 top-performing interns, representing 29 states and 67 universities, into its 2014 Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. The NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community is an online network designed to foster greater interaction and mentorship among outstanding interns of NASA higher education projects, thereby increasing student retention through the NASA educational pipeline and into…

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Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted  March 3, 2014

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter? While tattered yellow ribbons still…

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Headlines – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

News: Expanded veterans benefits bill fails over GOP’s budget-busting objections – Democrats’ plans to expand education and health benefits for veterans died in the Senate Feb. 27 after Republicans blocked the bill for not having a funding source and thus busting the budget all sides agreed to just two months ago.   Business: Rolls-Royce unveils engine…

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News Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Hagel: troop withdrawal could prose problems U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says withdrawing all U.S. military advisers from Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in December would risk an ìerosion of confidence among Afghan security forces. Hagel made the comment at a news conference in Brussels after a NATO defense ministers meeting at which the…

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NASA, JAXA launch new satellite to measure global rain, snow

Posted  February 28, 2014

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, thundered into space at 1:37…

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