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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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Northrop Grumman’s SABR to help extend Viability of U.S. Air Force F-16s beyond 2025

Posted  September 18, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar will help extend the viability of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter aircraft beyond 2025 and help ensure the F-16 remains a vital component of the nation’s fighter force structure. Skip Wagner, director of International Business Development and Strategy for Northrop Grumman’s ISR and Targeting Systems Division, provided details…

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Dick Rutan recalls historic round-the-world flight

Posted  September 18, 2013

Courtesy photograph The Burt Rutan-designed, single-purpose Voyager is shown during a test flight that led up to its non-stop unrefueled flight around the world in December 1986. Nearly 27 years ago, the one-of-a-kind, purpose-built Voyager aircraft embarked on a non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world, setting a world record that remains unchallenged today. Dick Rutan,…

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Northrop Grumman to produce additional mission modules for U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship

Posted  September 18, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received a $25.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for additional Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules. The company will deliver three mission module packages – two for surface warfare missions and one for mine countermeasures. “Northrop Grumman continues to demonstrate that, as the mission package integrator, we are delivering high quality, fully…

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Orbital successfully launches Cygnus spacecraft aboard Antares rocket

Posted  September 18, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Sept. 18 that it successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft into its intended orbit. The successful launch marked the beginning of a four-day in-orbit capabilities demonstration mission that will culminate in rendezvous and berthing with the International…

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ATK delivers 100th AARGM to U.S. Navy

Posted  September 18, 2013

ATK has reached a significant achievement on the path to Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Full Operational Capability with delivery of the 100th AARGM to the U.S. Navy. Elected officials and U.S. Navy leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at the ATK Ridgecrest California Production facility in honor of the milestone. Attendees included 23rd Congressional District U.S….

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LVC-DE simulation aids UAS in the NAS integration

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project is providing critical data to decision-makers who are working to meet the congressional mandate to open the national airspace to remotely or autonomously controlled aircraft by 2015.

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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AAR signs 10-year contract for avionics support with Rockwell Collins

Posted  September 18, 2013

AAR has signed a long-term contract with aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins which will provide component repair support for Rockwell Collins products used by AARs growing portfolio of airline customers under long-term component support agreements. The contract covers products on AAR customer fleets including the Airbus A319, A320, A330, Boeing 737 and 767, and Bombardier…

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

Posted  September 18, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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Dryden technicians modify Dream Chaser simulator

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Simulation technicians Brent Bieber, left, and Dennis Pitts install a boilerplate Dream Chaser canopy structure over the cockpit of a flight simulator in the simulation laboratory at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The modification will give Dream Chaser pilot-astronauts a more representative view of the actual flight profiles the spacecraft…

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