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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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NASA’s Chandra sees eclipsing planet in s-rays for first time

Posted  July 31, 2013

For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.

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NASA extends contract for supercomputing support services

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA will exercise the fifth one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. of Lanham, Md., for supercomputing support services at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at about $62 million. It begins Aug. 1 and continues through July 31, 2014. The contract…

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Raytheon demonstrates revolutionary 3DELRR prototype

Posted  July 31, 2013

Raytheon has successfully completed a customer demonstration of a new U.S. Air Force expeditionary ground-based prototype radar. Designed to replace the decades old TPS-75 radar system, the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar will help defend warfighters against emerging threats by detecting, identifying and tracking fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, missiles and unmanned aircraft. During the June 27…

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Air Force looks to collaborate with public

Posted  July 31, 2013

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Air Force is seeking input from the public to help solve three real-world, unclassified projects. Known as “The Air Force Collaboratory,” the Air Force’s newest STEM initiative goes live Thursday on www.airforce.com/collaboratory. The educational online platform will offer the public an opportunity to engage with Airmen….

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Headlines July 29, 2013

Posted  July 29, 2013

News: Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule. A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration from moving…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

Posted  July 29, 2013

U.S. drone kills six suspected militants in Yemen A Yemeni military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed six alleged al Qaeda militants in the group’s southern strongholds. The official said July 28 the attack took place late July 27 in the town of Mahfad in Abyan province and targeted a car carrying…

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Judge: VA can treat vets harmed by experiments

Posted  July 29, 2013

A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., has ruled that Cold War military veterans who say they were harmed by government-backed chemical and biological experiments aren’t entitled to medical treatment outside the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled July 24 that the veterans failed to prove that the VA system…

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Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP Keating

Posted  July 29, 2013

  President Barack Obama announced July 26 that Army SSgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his “conspicuous gallantry” in Afghanistan. Carter will receive the nation’s highest award for valor Aug. 26, 2013, for his defense of Combat Outpost Keating, in a remote mountain valley of Nuristan province in…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th communications system for F-35 Lightning II

Posted  July 29, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered its 100th AN/ASQ-242 communications, navigation and identification system to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the F-35 Lightning II.

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NASA, Korean Space Agency discuss space cooperation

Posted  July 29, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington, D.C., June 29 to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI’s robotic lunar mission and NASA’s asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim. “Our two agencies share a mutual…

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