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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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News Briefs August 7, 2013

Posted  August 7, 2013

Manning’s max possible sentence cut to 90 years U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Aug. 6 by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had…

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F-35B completes 500th vertical landing

Posted  August 7, 2013

  Ready for sea trials  The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing Aug. 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week, Sea Trials, known as Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) are…

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Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completes initial fleet firing

Posted  August 7, 2013

The U.S. Navy completed the first fleet firing of Raytheon’sRolling Airframe Missile Block 2 as part of its ongoing developmental and operational testing. In an at-sea test conducted from the USS Arlington (LPD 24), two RAM Block 2 missiles engaged a subsonic target in a scenario designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. This…

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Honeywell’s 131-9 APU reaches 100 million hours of service milestone

Posted  August 7, 2013

A vital piece of Honeywell technology, the 131-9 series Auxiliary Power Unit, recently became the second from Honeywell’s family of APUs to surpass 100 million hours in service across more than 7,500 narrow-body aircraft around the world such as the Boeing 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 models. “Honeywell’s 131-9 model…

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Collaboration leads to new rocket propulsion technology

Posted  August 7, 2013

  A team of Army researchers developed a new gel-propellant engine called the vortex engine. Michael Nusca, Ph.D., Robert Michaels and Nathan Mathis were recently recognized by the Department of the Army with a 2012 Army Research and Development Outstanding Collaboration Award, or RDA, for their work titled, “Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the…

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U.S. Navy one step closer to first Australian Seahawk delivery

Posted  August 7, 2013

The MH-60R Seahawk, which will soon become the Royal Australian Navyís first, arrived July 24 at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems†and Training in Owego, N.Y.† This Seahawk will be mission ready and transferred to the RAN in December this year. Officially delivered by Sikorsky Aircraft and accepted by the U.S. Navy on June 29, the Seahawk…

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Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout on Wildfire and Climate Change

Posted  August 7, 2013

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States. A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows† the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring…

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General Dynamics completes comprehensive risk reduction program for Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted  August 7, 2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has successfully completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test successfully verified key components within the…

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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted  August 7, 2013

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Posted  August 7, 2013

Navy photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in July 2013. The unmanned helicopters are supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) orbit to combatant commanders. Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 46, Det. 9 recently surpassed the MQ-8B Fire Scoutís previous monthly flight…

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