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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests large class second stage motor for U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons center

Posted  February 14, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Feb. 12 that its Large Class 92″ diameter second stage solid rocket motor was successfully tested at simulated altitude conditions at the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex at Arnold AFB, Tenn. Aerojet Rocketdyne is aGenCorp company. The Large Class second stage was designed, fabricated and tested by Aerojet Rocketdyne for the Air…

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Great deal of symmetry between AF, national commission recommendations

Posted  February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The national commission which was created to examine how to modify the Air Force’s structure to best fill current and future mission requirements, presented its recommendations during two public meetings on Capitol Hill here†Jan. 30. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force was established by Congress in 2013 to comprehensively…

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NASA awards mission operations advanced technology, integration contract

Posted  February 14, 2014

NASA has awarded its Advanced Technology and Integration contract to Tietronix Software Inc. of Webster, Texas for support at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This firm-fixed price contract begins April 1 with a five-year base period and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. The value of the contract is $35 million. Tietronix will provide…

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Second Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first flight

Posted  February 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki A second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter flew for the first time at Naval Base Ventura County, Pt. Mugu, Calif., on Feb. 12. Current flight tests are focused on validating the flight capabilities of the system before ship-based flights take place this summer. Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy…

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Boeing Commercial Crew Program passes NASA hardware, software reviews

Posted  February 14, 2014

Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program recently completed a hardware design review and software safety test, bringing it closer to launching the Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft that will return Americans to space. Boeing completed a Critical Design Review for the the system’s Launch Vehicle Adapter, which connects CST-100 to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The…

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New space shuttle exhibit to open at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted  February 14, 2014

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors will be cleared for liftoff when the museum’s new Space Shuttle Exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 26.

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Tunnel 9 engineers conduct boundary layer transition experiments at Mach 10

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force photograph by Michael Smith Air Force Project Engineer and Purdue University graduate student George Moraru examines the illuminated temperature sensitive paint coating on the large, 7-degree cone prior to the test program. The testing is performed under the Test Resource Management Center and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research funded Hypersonic Center…

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Team Edwards opens registration for inaugural Run with History marathon

Posted  February 14, 2014

Approximately 900 runners will have the opportunity to come out and run where history is made every day in the upcoming 2014 Edwards Inaugural “Run with History” Half Marathon, 10K and 5K run May 17. With open registration already underway, Team Edwards is getting the word out to runners of all ages about the historic…

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NASA moves longest-serving Mars spacecraft for new observations

Posted  February 14, 2014

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. The maneuver took place Feb. 11. Odyssey team engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of…

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Boeing delivers Kuwait Air Forceís first C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  February 14, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing Feb. 13 delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait…

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