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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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NASA Curiosity rover detects no methane on Mars

Posted  September 20, 2013

Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a…

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Shadows provide mission support from sky

Posted  September 20, 2013

On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircraft to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield, in order to keep situational awareness…

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Air Force Support for a Metamaterial Future

Posted  September 20, 2013

Metamaterials have been in the news lately – and not only in technical journals. That is because the attributes of metamaterials are seemingly magical. When arranged just so, these extremely small manmade elements can alter the character of electromagnetic radiation in ways that no other material – either natural or manmade – can. One such…

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International partnership releases space exploration benefits paper

Posted  September 20, 2013

NASA and the International Space Exploration Coordination Group released a white paper Friday outlining benefits of human exploration of space. The document, titled “Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration,” is the culmination of a dialog between space agencies participating in the ISECG. The goal was to share their views and lessons learned on the nature and significance…

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Missing airmen from Vietnam War identified

Posted  September 20, 2013

Department of Defense officials with the POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced Sept. 19 that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors Sept. 23…

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Headlines September 18, 2013

Posted  September 18, 2013

News: F-35 tires wear out too soon, Pentagon finds – Tires that wear out too soon are adding to the trouble’s facing Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system.   Business: Lockheed payments held by U.S. increase to $195 million – The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $195 million in payments from Lockheed Martin because of…

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U.S. Navy expands surveillance mission for Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned aircraft

Posted  September 18, 2013

The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded Sept. 6. The contract will allow Navy commanders to keep closer tabs on activities in the ocean and coastal regions of the Middle East.

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News Briefs September 18, 2013

Posted  September 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,135 As of Sept. 17, 2013, at least 2,135 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon awarded $14 million for HARM Control Section Modification Lot 2 contract

Posted  September 18, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $14 million Lot 2 contract to continue full rate production of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification (HCSM) upgrade units. The modification adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement unit for precision navigation to the existing HARM. HCSM also features a digital flight computer that merges…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $20 million contract to continue supporting NORAD space defense missions

Posted  September 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control program. Under this option, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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