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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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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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Corps commander: Sequestration bites into readiness

Posted  December 13, 2013

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, yet charged with providing ready forces to support the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Sequestration has hit I Corps “pretty significantly,” Army Lt….

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