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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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First Rivet Joint delivered to the Royal Air Force

Posted  November 20, 2013

The first of three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft was officially delivered to the United Kingdom during a special ceremony at Royal Air Force Waddington, England, Nov. 12.

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Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN launches to Mars

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 1:28 p.m, EST, Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. The spacecraft has departed Earth and is now on its way to Mars, where it will study the planet’s…

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NASA tests space launch system autopilot technology on F/A-18 jet

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad…

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ATK’s autonomous flight safety assembly makes first flight

Posted  November 20, 2013

ATK propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies supported the Nov. 19 successful launch of an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I vehicle from Wallops Island, Va. The Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-3 mission marked the 11th launch of a Minotaur I vehicle. ORS-3 is the first of three flights planned to certify the integrated flight safety assembly for…

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Additional remains of Air Force pilot found

Posted  November 20, 2013

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.

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Ball Aerospace-built STPSat-3 Satellite Launches from Wallops Island

Posted  November 20, 2013

The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. STPSat-3 satellite built for the Department of Defense and part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission, successfully launched from Wallops Island, Va., on board a Minotaur I at 8:15 p.m., EST, Nov. 19. STPSat-3 joins its predecessor, the Ball-built STPSat-2, which launched in 2010 on the same date….

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

Posted  November 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph For the first time, both Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators participated in tests with a single aircraft carrier. While one remained onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the second conducted flight operations. The X-47Bs performed multiple precise touch-and-goes, arrested landings, catapults, and commanded and autonomous wave-offs in November 2013. The…

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General Dynamics board Elects Aiken to be CFO; Redd to retire at year-end

Posted  November 20, 2013

The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected Jason W. Aiken to be senior vice president and chief financial officer of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2014, to succeed L. Hugh Redd II, who has informed the company of his intention to retire. Aiken is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of…

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NASA advances effort to launch astronauts again from U.S. soil to space station

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA took another step Nov. 19 to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, subject to the availability of adequate funding. The agency’s Commercial Crew Program requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification…

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NASA’s Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s black hole

Posted  November 20, 2013

Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array radio telescope. Previous studies, using…

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