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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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Serco awarded $13 million Marine training systems support contract

Posted  February 28, 2014

Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, has announced the award of a new contract to provide training support to the US Marine Corps. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Systems Support contract has a one-year base period and one six-month option period valued at nearly $18 million, if the option…

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SecAF discusses Air Force future, budget during defense summit

Posted  February 28, 2014

Defense industry leaders and analysts received an insight into the proposed Air Force transformation and a preview of the Fiscal Year 2015 Air Force budget during the Bloomberg Government Defense Transformation Spending and Strategy Summit Feb. 26. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the Air Force, like the rest of the Department…

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Raytheon receives $185 million contract modification on JPSS Common Ground System

Posted  February 28, 2014

Raytheon has received a $185 million modification from NASA on its current Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System contract, which is intended to increase the capability and capacity of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s three satellites that support the JPSS mission through 2022. JPSS is a polar-orbiting environmental satellite system and a collaborative program…

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Official gives Congress details on fatal helo attack

Posted  February 28, 2014

Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress Feb. 27 no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on…

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Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor

Posted  February 28, 2014

The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

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Northrop Grumman Australia completes acquisition of Qantas Defence Services

Posted  February 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has completed the acquisition of Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited, now called Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services Pty Limited, a provider of integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support primarily to Australian government and military customers. IDS operates as a part of Northrop Grumman Australia and…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partners complete space system milestones

Posted  February 28, 2014

NASA’s aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX each are developing unique transportation systems, and each…

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DOD enacts faster, more agile technology acquisitions process

Posted  February 28, 2014

Information technology programs represent a considerable portion of all acquisition programs within the Defense Department, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said Feb. 26. In fiscal year 2010, the National Defense Authorization Act directed that DOD develop and implement new acquisitions processes for IT systems, Katrina G. McFarland said during a hearing of the…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy test Tomahawk Block IV’s latest communications upgrades

Posted  February 28, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have successfully tested communications advancements to the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile. During a Feb. 19 flight test, a Raytheon-built Tomahawk Block IV missile, launched from the USS Sterett, flew a preprogrammed route while receiving updates from a simulated maritime operations center and from advanced off-board sensors updating the missile’s…

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Lockheed Martin breaks ground on new cruise missile annex in Alabama

Posted  February 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin broke ground Feb. 27 for its Pike County Operations Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Ala. The planned 62,000 square-foot annex will expand the existing 92,000-square-foot manufacturing facility where the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) is produced. The facility also produced test missiles for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile…

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