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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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Raytheon among companies awarded US Air Force IDIQ contract

Posted  August 19, 2013

Raytheon was recently awarded a 7-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services. “The NETCENTS-2 Application Services contract allows Raytheon to bring our full breadth of capability to the U.S. Air Force. It enables us to provide the latest information, sustainment and engineering solutions to our customers,”…

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General Dynamics awarded $67 million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted  August 19, 2013

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded a $67.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets. Hydra rockets can be mounted on most helicopters and some fixed wing aircraft and employ a variety of warheads to meet a wide range of mission requirements for all branches of…

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Modernized Patriot system aces PAC-3 test

Posted  August 19, 2013

Raytheon’s new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully launched a PAC-3 missile to engage a tactical ballistic missile target at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This test was the culmination of two years of testing of the complete system, proving system performance in all environments and against all threats. “Patriot’s flawless performance only strengthens…

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USS Arlington hosts NASA spacecraft recovery tests

Posted  August 19, 2013

Navy photograph by POC James Davis NASA engineers, Navy divers and sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) tow a test Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. This phase one test determined the best method for recovering the capsule after earth reentry and splashdown in the ocean. After…

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Northrop Grumman-developed advanced SPEED software released by U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  August 19, 2013

The U.S. Marine Corps has released a new, advanced version of software developed by Northrop Grumman for electromagnetic spectrum situational awareness and operations. Using the Systems Planning, Engineering and Evaluation Device, communications planners can plan, model and analyze radio and jammer effects in a defined electromagnetic spectrum environment to better understand where communications degradation or…

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US Army, Raytheon achieve first inflight lethal intercept of low quadrant elevation rocket

Posted  August 19, 2013

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. – Raytheon successfully intercepted and destroyed a low quadrant elevation 107mm rocket as part of the second series of guided test vehicle flight tests of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The intercept is a major test milestone before the U.S. Army live-fire engagements begin in September. “Beginning only 18 months…

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AAR awarded major U.S. airline reconfiguration program

Posted  August 19, 2013

Engineering Services to replace seats, galleys and install IFE to improve customer experience AAR has been awarded of a B757-200 reconfiguration program for a major U.S. airline. The program ñ applicable to 56 of the undisclosed carrierís aircraft – includes replacement of all first and economy class passenger seats and existing galleys, a new In-Flight…

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Inspired by nature: Innovative C-17 flight tests to save AF millions

Posted  August 19, 2013

Air Mobility Command’s chief scientist credited birds, dolphins and surfers for the success of recent ground-breaking C-17 Globemaster III flight tests expected to save the Air Force millions in annual fuel costs. Dr. Donald Erbschloe flew aboard the test flights involving surfing aircraft vortices for energy – or “$AVE” – from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,…

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Helium supply critical to Army research

Posted  August 19, 2013

Army photograph by Ryan Keith Henry Everitt, Ph.D., senior research scientist for optical sciences at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., describes the critical role liquid helium plays in conducting basic research of terahertz spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Army senior research scientist Henry Everitt doesn’t take…

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B-1 Lancer crashes in Montana

Posted  August 19, 2013

A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission Aug. 19. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers†were on†board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of…

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