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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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NASA, Northrop Grumman continue partnership for science

Posted  May 31, 2013

NASA photograph by Tony Landis Their bulbous noses almost touching, NASA’s two Global Hawks line up nose-to-nose on the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the two autonomously operated unmanned aircraft are flown on long-duration environmental science missions. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and…

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NASA selects 31 space biology research proposals

Posted  May 31, 2013

NASA’s Space Biology Program will fund 31 proposals to help investigate how cells, plants and animals respond to changes in gravity. These studies will result in new basic knowledge that provides a foundation on which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches and countermeasures to problems confronting human exploration of space, or that translate…

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NASA’s Swift reveals new phenomenon in a neutron star

Posted  May 31, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova. A neutron star…

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Lab effort to cut costs for Navy’s Triton UAS program

Posted  May 31, 2013

An engineer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River is leading an initiative that will save the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System program several hundred thousand dollars.

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Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB

Posted  May 31, 2013

Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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NAVAIR pilots learn to take a breath

Posted  May 31, 2013

Navy photograph Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Manned Flight Simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds….

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Boeing celebrates delivery of 50th 747-8

Posted  May 31, 2013

Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 May 29. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747. “Lufthansa is very proud to have the…

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National Technical Systems tests NASA lunar satellite

Posted  May 31, 2013

National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced May 29 it completed a series of qualification tests on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a satellite that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the moon’s surface and environmental influences on lunar…

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Teams prepare for NASA $1.5 million robot challenge

Posted  May 31, 2013

Eleven teams from across the country and around the globe are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA’s 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Teams will demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human…

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Headlines May 29, 2013

Posted  May 29, 2013

News Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Somalia A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.   Business Pratt & Whitney finalizes $1 billion F-35 jet engine deal Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corps, said May 28 that has finalized a $1 billion deal…

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