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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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NASA awards follow-on custodial services contract for Kennedy

Posted  September 23, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla., to provide custodial services to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The firm-fixed price contract begins Oct. 1. It has a maximum value of $30.4 million with a potential performance period of five years. Brevard Achievement Center will provide custodial services, including…

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Prison inmates learning aerospace work

Posted  September 23, 2013

Forget license plates. Some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center are training for jobs in the state’s huge aerospace industry. About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program that will make them certified aerospace composite technicians. Their goal is a post-prison chance to land jobs at companies like Boeing and its suppliers. ìThere…

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NASA selects operations, maintenance services for West Virginia site

Posted  September 23, 2013

NASA has selected West Virginia University Research Corporation of Morgantown, W.Va., to provide operations and maintenance services at the agencyís Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va. The total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite -quantity contract is $40 million. The five-year performance period begins Sept. 30 and ends Sept. 29, 2018. WVURC will…

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Headlines September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

News: Air Force general wants simpler weapons quicker – The three-star general who heads the secretive U.S. Special Operations Command is pressing arms makers to speed up the development of new weapons and move toward greater standardization of aircraft and sensors.   Business: Lockheed Martin girds for combat jet choices as Dutch back JSF – Lockheed Martin…

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News Briefs, September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

President Bush to host golf tournament for wounded veterans Former President George W. Bush will participate in the third Warrior Open golf tournament scheduled to be held next week in North Texas. The George W. Bush Presidential Center announced Sept. 18 that 24 wounded U.S. military members will play in the tournament in the Dallas…

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Oklahoma. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

Posted  September 20, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Sept. 17, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving…

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Northrop Grumman maturing key Triton unmanned aircraft sensor

Posted  September 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed more than 25 flight tests of the U.S. Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system’s primary maritime surveillance sensor in preparation for its installation on the aircraft. The company is conducting risk-reduction tests of the Multi-Function Active Sensor using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft off the California coast. The radar will provide the…

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F-35 program chief cites steady progress

Posted  September 20, 2013

Citing changes to one of the Defense Department’s most ambitious acquisition programs, F-35 Lightning II development is making steady progress, the F-35 Joint Program Executive Officer said Sept. 17.

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Air Force launches third AEHF satellite

Posted  September 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Pat Corkery A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 4:10 a.m. EDT today. The AEHF constellation is a joint-service satellite communications system that will provide survivable, global, secure,…

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Edwards T-38 aircrew prep for new ejection seat upgrade

Posted  September 20, 2013

Courtesy photograph Edwards is working to install new ejection seats in its T-38 fleet in order to increase the overall safety of the training aircraft. For test pilots at Edwards, their long-time trainer airframe, the T-38 Talon, is receiving an upgrade that is set to ensure the safety of T-38 aircrew now and well into…

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