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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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Forecast International predicts restrained growth in regional aircraft market

Posted  October 9, 2013

In Forecast International’s new study, “The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft,” the Connecticut-based market research firm predicts that 4,035 regional aircraft will be built from 2013 through 2022. The value of this production, which includes both regional jets and regional turboprop airliners, is estimated at $141.8 billion in 2013 U.S. dollars. In the new study,…

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Boeing delivers fifth Canadian CH-147F Chinook helicopter

Posted  October 9, 2013

Boeing has delivered the Royal Canadian Air Force's fifth CH-147F Chinook helicopter one month ahead of schedule and only three months after the arrival of the first in June, expanding Canada’s military cargo capability while continuing the Chinook program’s history of excellence.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests high concentrated photovoltaic system

Posted  October 9, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne (a GenCorp company), is successfully demonstrating a commercial-scale High Concentrated Photovoltaic pilot system designed to generate more solar energy at less cost, in a smaller amount of space, than traditional flat-panel PV technology. The 600-square-foot unit is rated at 17.5 kilowatts DC, enough electricity to power seven homes. It began operating in August…

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Army’s top logistician remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Afghanistan withdrawal

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Army's top logistician told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oct. 2 he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the Army will complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 10,000 flight hours

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program continues its operational maturation, surpassing 10,000 flight hours in September.

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 9, 2013

The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents a major milestone in the…

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Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation awards Pratt & Whitney contract to support F100 engines

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation has agreed to a four-year contract agreement with Pratt & Whitney for a performance-based Material Management Program to support the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s F100-PW-220E engine fleet. The contract supports material forecasting, item repair management and provisioning of operational, intermediate, and depot-level spare parts. This marks the second MMP deal…

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B-1 conducts first live-fire test of anti-ship missile

Posted  October 9, 2013

A B-1B Lancer successfully struck a waterborne target with a live warhead for the first time Aug. 27.

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Raytheon demonstrates new seeker technology for Tomahawk Block IV missile

Posted  October 9, 2013

Raytheon has completed a successful field test of an advanced Electronic Support Measure seeker installed in a Block IV Tomahawk missile as part of the company’s new product improvement program. The ESM seeker incorporates a state-of-the-art processor and antenna to locate and track moving and fixed emitting targets. The seeker’s capability was validated in a…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted  October 9, 2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are negative,”…

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