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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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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveal giant plasma flows on sun

Posted  December 16, 2013

Observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, have enabled scientists to confirm the existence of giant flows of gases and plasma moving heat from the sun’s interior to its surface. The findings end 45 years of speculation about the “giant convection cells” and advance understanding of the formation of sunspot activity that causes space…

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Home for the holidays

Posted  December 16, 2013

  Lockheed Martin delivered its 15th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 13. Air Force crews flew the Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del. It is the third C-5M delivery in less than a month and the fifth for 2013. The Super Galaxy is…

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NASA selects SpaceX to begin negotiations for use of historic launch pad

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for…

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Raytheon opens new San Antonio cyber center

Posted  December 16, 2013

Raytheon has opened its newest cyber facility in San Antonio, Texas, combining Raytheon’s San Antonio-area cyber professionals and its full spectrum of cyber offerings together for collaboration and smoother integration for the company’s customers. “Raytheon is excited to be growing its presence in ‘Cyber City USA’ as San Antonio plays a significant role in developing…

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Air Force envisions smaller force to preserve readiness

Posted  December 16, 2013

Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13, the Air Force’s top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, who is returning next week to his position as undersecretary of the Air Force following today’s Senate confirmation of Deborah…

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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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Headlines December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

News: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters – A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.   Business: Boeing must decide on F/A-18 production in March…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90 William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker’s family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Booker served as a navigator and flight…

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Another C-130J Super Hercules rolls to The Rock

Posted  December 13, 2013

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another C-130J Super Hercules that was ferried from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga., by a U.S. Air Force crew, Dec. 12, 2013. The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command’s 19th Airlift Wing.

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Military communication improved as sixth Boeing-built Wideband Satellite enters service

Posted  December 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The sixth Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, funded by the Commonwealth of Australia – the program’s first partner outside the United States – has been delivered on orbit to the U.S. Air Force, boosting communications capabilities for the U.S. military and its allies. Australia’s funding of the spacecraft provided the Australian…

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