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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite tests show extensive reach in polar communications capability

Posted  January 31, 2014

  Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated that the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System satellites may help solve communication challenges in the arctic. Now people spread over thousands of square miles could have access to more secure, reliable communications. During company-funded tests, MUOS voice and data signals reached much farther north than previously thought, just 30…

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NASA-sponsored ‘disk detective’ lets public search for new planetary nurseries

Posted  January 31, 2014

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA’s largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to crowdsourcing and open data by…

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Veterans homes hiring for positions throughout the state

Posted  January 31, 2014

In preparation for the opening of the Skilled Nursing Facilities at Redding and Fresno the Veterans Homes of California are launching a hiring blitz. Redding and Fresno veterans homes opened in October 2013 as Residential Care Facilities and have veteran residents and are now proceeding to open their SNF Units. To operate skilled nursing facilities…

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Headlines – January 29, 2014

Posted  January 29, 2014

News: A three-horse race emerges for HASC gavel – The race for the House Armed Services Committee gavel is underway, and sources see the panel’s vice chairman as the odds-on favorite despite an expected challenge from an up-and-coming rival. Group tries to tie HASC members, Republican hawks to Tea Party – A left-leaning political organization has concluded…

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News Briefs January 29, 2014

Posted  January 29, 2014

Navy: Jet crash pilot listed in good condition The Navy says the condition of a fighter pilot whose jet crashed off the coast of Virginia is improving. Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Mike Maus said Jan. 28 that the pilot is listed in good condition. He was originally listed in critical condition by medical staff…

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X-51SA WaveRider tea mwins 2014 AIAA award for excellence

Posted  January 29, 2014

The X-51A WaveRider team has won the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation’s Award for Excellence.

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Lockheed Martin receives $31 million U.S. Air Force contract for paveway II Plus laser guided bomb kits

Posted  January 29, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $31.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits. The contract represents the majority share award of the available fiscal year 2013 funding. Production deliveries under this contract will include computer control groups and air foil groups for GBU-10 and…

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Navyís F-35C completes landing tests ahead of October sea trials

Posted  January 29, 2014

The U.S. Navys carrier-based version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is nearing October sea trials after completing shore-based testing at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, to ensure compatibility with shipboard arresting gear. ìFrom 9 to 16 Jan, the F-35 team accomplished 36 successful roll-in arrestment tests at Lakehurst…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th EA-18G airborne electronic attack kit

Posted  January 29, 2014

Northrop Grumman has delivered the 100th airborne electronic attack (AEA) kit for the EA-18G Growler aircraft. The AEA kit is a critical component of the aircraft, which allows warfighters to target and attack the most complex enemy communication and air defense systems. “This delivery milestone demonstrates the dedication of the Northrop Grumman team to the…

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RQ-21A Blackjack begins operational test phase

Posted  January 29, 2014

The Navy and Marine Corps' newest small unmanned aircraft system RQ-21A Blackjack began its initial operational test and evaluation in early January at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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