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Virgin Orbit completes successful captive-carry flight test with ‘flying launchpad’

On Nov. 18, a new sight appeared in the baby-blue skies over Southern California: A specially modified 747-400 carrying a 70-foot-long rocket under its wing soared through the air as part of a successful test flight for Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne.

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B-1 CBM+ goes live!

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s B-1 Program Office in coordination with the Product Support Engineering Division and C-5 community, is leading the way as an initial pilot program participant for Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+).

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Air Force announces bases to support B-21 Raider mission

The U.S. Air Force has selected Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, Calif., to lead testing and evaluation of the next generation long-range strike bomber.

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NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology project passes major milestone

NASA has officially committed to a development timeline that will lead to the first flight of its X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft in just three years.

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NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.


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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft successfully completes rendezvous, berthing with ISS

Posted  November 19, 2018

NASA photograph Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is shown moments after capture by the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 19 announced that the “S.S. John Young” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. The mission marks the company’s 10th successful berthing with…

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Headlines – November 16, 2018

Posted  November 16, 2018

News Murder charges filed against Navy, Marine special operators in incident that killed Green Beret in Africa – Two Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders will face murder charges in the June 2017 death of an Army Special Forces staff sergeant in Mali.   DOD audit: Air Force finds mystery motors, other highlights – Saddled…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2018

Posted  November 16, 2018

AF identifies deceased pilot The aircrew members involved in the T-38 Talon incident from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on Nov. 13, 2018, have been identified. The deceased, Capt. John F. Graziano, 28, was an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin AFB. He was from Elkridge, Md., and is survived by…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: John Wayne’s contributions to the war effort

Posted  November 16, 2018

This Veterans Day, I was thinking of all those who never served, but embodied that same wartime spirit of the American fighting man. I don’t think anybody would doubt that John Wayne was an advocate for the military in this country, but a few kind of took exception to The Duke’s non-military service in World War II. I would like to say a few things to help give context to the role Wayne played during World War II.

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Mojave Air & Space Port marks Veterans Day

Posted  November 16, 2018

Photograph by Cathy Hansen The U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard from Rosamond High School, directed by Aerospace Science Instructor Master Sgt. Wayne Taylor, presented the Colors before the National Anthem performed by Timothy Lomba and the Invocation by Pastor Charles Lowery, Heirs with Christ Church. Mojave has a long tradition of honoring its…

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