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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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NAVAIR professionals team with NASA, FAA and Army in helicopter crash test

Posted  September 4, 2013

NASA photograph A CH-46 Sea Knight fuselage hits the ground during a 30-mile-per-hour free fall at NASA Langley Research Center, Va., Aug. 28 during a joint crashworthiness test. The Naval Air Systems Command, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Army teamed up to study helicopter crash survivability. Engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center…

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EURO HAWK® sets Record with 25-hour nonstop flight in Germany

Posted  September 4, 2013

The EURO HAWK® unmanned aircraft system set an endurance record Aug. 8 when it flew continuously for 25.3 hours in European airspace.

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Boeing tanker remains on schedule with start of second refueling boom Assembly

Posted  September 4, 2013

Boeing workers in Seattle took another step toward delivering next-generation aerial refueling capability to the U.S. Air Force Sept. 3 when they began assembling the second refueling boom for the KC-46A Tanker program. Based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom and hose and drogue systems, making it…

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NASA introduces new blueprint for transforming global aviation

Posted  September 4, 2013

Based on a fresh look at the future of aviation – as well as global trends in technology, the environment and economics –NASA's aeronautical innovators have chartered a new strategic vision for its aviation research programs.

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Air Force, Boeing finalize KC-46A tanker design

Posted  September 4, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Salanitri Maj. Damen Forte (right), who’s been aircrew on the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III, is at the controls to the Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46, with Greg Bulkley, chief technical pilot for Boeing’s KC-46. The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design…

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Boeing to build 56 additional A-10 wings for U.S. Air Force

Posted  September 4, 2013

Boeing will continue improving U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II mission readiness, and decreasing maintenance costs, through a follow-on order for 56 replacement wings for that aircraft. Boeing is on contract to build up to 242 wings, including these, at its plant in Macon, Ga. Refitting the fleet with new wings will improve the mission…

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NASA selects 11 space radiobiology research proposals

Posted  September 4, 2013

NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 11 ground-based research proposals using beams of high-energy, heavy ions to simulate space radiation to better understand the risks this radiation poses to humans. The proposals were in response to the research announcement, “Ground-Based Studies in Space Radiobiology.” The selected proposals are from 11 institutions in eight states, which…

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Recent activities in commercial spaceflight

Posted  September 4, 2013

Commercial space flight firms have been active in the past weeks. Lease of NASAís pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., is now a two firm competition; Orbital Sciences has a firm launch date for bringing cargo up to the International Space Station; SpaceX continues its plans for a Texas launch site; Virgin Galactic announced more…

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Events for September 2013

Posted  September 4, 2013

Sept. 6 – Lecture: Conditions of Basalt Genesis in Mars from Basalts in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum, Compared with the Martian Meteorites, Houston, Texas www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/seminars/#2226 Sept. 7 – 68th Annual General Meeting of the British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom www.bis-space.com/2013/05/21/10670/68th-annual-general-meeting Sept. 8 – Town Meeting for the 2nd-phase Development of the China Jinping…

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Virgin Galactic to host career fair

Posted  September 4, 2013

Virgin Galactic, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, are hosting a career fair Sept. 7 in Mojave, Calif., and online to expand their best-in-class teams. More than 100 positions are available for innovative engineers, procurement gurus, superstar composite technicians and more, offering a truly out-of-this-world career with history-making opportunities. Open…

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