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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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Navy Test Pilots visit Edwards TPS

Posted  October 4, 2013

The senior class of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School joined the USAF Test Pilot School for a week-long field trip Sept. 28 and will return home Oct. 5.

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Innaugural West Coast launch a huge success for SpaceX

Posted  October 4, 2013

SpaceX successfully launched its next-generation Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 29. This was the sixth launch of a Falcon 9 and the maiden flight of the upgraded F9 (v.1.1) model. It was also the inaugural flight from the companys new West Coast launch complex. All previous Falcon rockets were launched…

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Army lab finding better ways to convert JP-8 to hydrogen for portable electric power

Posted  October 4, 2013

What if soldiers could convert JP-8 to clean hydrogen fuel for fuel cell applications anywhere and anytime they need it? A small team of scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are collaborating with counterparts at the Communications-Electronics and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centers, to develop technology for lightweight, portable prototype systems…

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Virgin Galactic customer day at Mojave

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photograph by Mark Greenberg A majority of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif., Sept. 25. Sir Richard Branson hosted his annual Yes, youre going to space pep rally for his world ñwide customers Sept. 25 at the Mojave Air…

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Northrop Grumman delivers center fuselage for Australia’s first F-35 Lightning II

Posted  October 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman delivered the center fuselage for Australia's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to Lockheed Martin Sept. 23.

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Boeing completes MD-11 freighter transition to AV Cargo

Posted  October 4, 2013

Boeing announced Oct. 1 that its aircraft leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, has completed transition of two MD-11 Boeing converted freighters on multi-year leases to U.K.-managed AV Cargo, which has begun service from the operator’s base in Liege, Belgium, on routes primarily to West Africa. Boeing delivered the first of the cargo trijets to the…

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Air Force Aid Society provides services during government shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

Due to the government shut down we are being told many Airman & Family Readiness Centers to include their Air Force Aid sections will be closed. If you have an emergency travel situation or need funds to avoid privation please call the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337 — Service to the Armed Forces, to request…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  October 4, 2013

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.

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Air Force Museum closed due to government shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is†temporarily closed, effective Oct. 1, 2013, due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. If the museum reopens by Oct. 6, 2013, Fall Home School Day will continue as planned. Please watch…

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Air Force mechanics at Utah base protest shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

The government shutdown has furloughed some civilians at Hill Air Force Base while forcing thousands more to continue working without any hope of receiving a paycheck, a union leader said Oct. 2. People are angry, demoralized. I’ve never seen it this bad in the 31 years I’ve been a federal employee, said Monty Lewis, president…

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