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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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Lockheed Martin completes sixth open mission systems flight

Posted  July 22, 2015

Lockheed Martin successfully integrated and flight tested seven Open Mission Systems payloads in a span of less than three months into a U-2 Dragon Lady, marking the corporation’s sixth demonstration flight in support of the U.S. Air Force’s OMS vision.

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POW visits Pentagon tribute section, reminisces about hard times

Posted  July 22, 2015

Retired Col. Leon Ellis was a prisoner of war for 1,955 days during the Vietnam War. During a July 16 visit to the Pentagon, he and his family stopped by the Air Force POW tribute section. Ellis said some painful memories flooded back about his time as a POW as he viewed the paintings.

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Japan annual defense paper shows heightened worry over China

Posted  July 22, 2015

Japan emphasized China as a threat in escalating regional tensions in this year’s annual defense report as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government tries to convince the public of the need to pass legislation to give Japan’s military a greater role. The report, approved July 21 by the Cabinet, was delayed for more than a week…

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Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 begins in Ukraine

Posted  July 22, 2015

The "Warriors" of Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 began their multi-national exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center with an opening ceremony here, July 20.

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NASA satellite camera provides ‘EPIC’ view of Earth

Posted  July 22, 2015

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

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AEHF low cost terminal completes information assurance CDR

Posted  July 22, 2015

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–A Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and TeleCommunication Systems team has completed the Critical Design Review for the information assurance elements of the Low Cost Terminal. Completion of the CDR clears the way for the team to build hardware and software for the information assurance element or end cryptographic unit. LCT is an initiative…

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Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW

Posted  July 22, 2015

When 2nd Lt. John "Spike" Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he'd be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile.

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Headlines July 20, 2015

Posted  July 20, 2015

News: Lockheed to buy United Tech’s Sikorsky for over $8 billion – source – Lockheed Martin, the largest U.S. weapons maker, has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit, the maker of Black Hawk helicopters, for over $8 billion, a source familiar with the negotiations said July 19.   Business: Super Tucano, Embraer soaring…

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News Briefs July 20, 2015

Posted  July 20, 2015

800 troops from U.S., Europe take part in Moldova exercises Some 800 troops from Moldova, the U.S., Romania, Poland and Georgia are taking part in joint military exercises in Moldova, a former Soviet republic that borders Ukraine. The Joint Effort 2015 exercises began July 19 and will run until July 25 at a military base…

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GPS IIF-10 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted  July 20, 2015

The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the tenth Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 11:36 a.m., EDT.

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