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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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Veterans

New automation process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times by more than half

Posted  March 20, 2013

As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days…

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Business

Spirit AeroSystems board names president, CEO

Posted  March 20, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced March 19 that its board of directors has named Larry A. Lawson, president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2013. Lawson, formerly executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business segment, succeeds Jeff Turner who has been Spirit’s CEO since the company’s formation in 2005. Turner is expected to remain…

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Business

SPEEA technical members vote to accept four-year contract

Posted  March 20, 2013

Technical workers at Boeing have approved a new four-year contract, putting an end to negotiations that have lasted nearly one year. Votes tallied March 18 by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 show Technical workers voted 4,244 to accept and 654 to reject. Union negotiators told members a second rejection…

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Events

‘Galactic Gala’ at the California Science Center breaks fundraising records

Posted  March 20, 2013

At the California Science Center’s 15th annual Discovery Ball March 19, nearly 850 guests celebrated “Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future.” As part of the festivities, guests previewed “Mission 26: The Big Endeavour” a photographic exhibition which opened March 11, and dined under the wings of Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. The…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II

Posted  March 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph March 8, Northrop Grumman commemorated the delivery of its 100th F-35 Lightning II standard configuration center fuselage to Lockheed Martin during a ceremony at its Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing center. More than 300 guests attended the ceremony, including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin leaders, F-35 suppliers, public officials and members of the business…

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Defense

Joint STARS paves the way with MIDS JTRS fielding

Posted  March 20, 2013

Joint STARS recently became the first Air Force airborne system to fully retrofit new terminals that will improve war fighter communication.

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National Naval Aviation Museum opens women in Naval aviation exhibit

Posted  March 20, 2013

Naval History and Heritage Command’s National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., is opening a new exhibit featuring the path women have taken from their support of naval aviation as “yeomanettes” to pilots on the front lines March 21. “I think the museum has created a marvelous, lasting tribute to all the women who have…

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Space

United Launch Alliance successfully launches second Space-Based Infrared System satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force

Posted  March 20, 2013

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-41 carrying the second Space-Based Infrared System GEO-2 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19. This was the 3rd ULA launch of the year, the 37th Atlas V mission, and the 69th ULA launch since the…

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Business

AAR earns Boeing Gold Performance Awards

Posted  March 20, 2013

AAR announced March 20 that two of its businesses have earned the 2012 Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award. It is the third time that both AAR Defense Systems and Logistics and AAR Aircraft Component Services in Europe have earned Boeing’s Gold Award. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance….

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Famous supernova reveals clues about crucial cosmic distance markers

Posted  March 20, 2013

A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory points to the origin of a famous supernova. This supernova, discovered in 1604 by Johannes Kepler, belongs to an important class of objects that are used to measure the rate of expansion of the universe. Astronomers have used a very long Chandra observation of the…

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