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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Callaway Defense

AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Space

Recent activities in commercial spaceflight

Posted  September 4, 2013

Commercial space flight firms have been active in the past weeks. Lease of NASAís pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., is now a two firm competition; Orbital Sciences has a firm launch date for bringing cargo up to the International Space Station; SpaceX continues its plans for a Texas launch site; Virgin Galactic announced more…

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Events for September 2013

Posted  September 4, 2013

Sept. 6 – Lecture: Conditions of Basalt Genesis in Mars from Basalts in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum, Compared with the Martian Meteorites, Houston, Texas www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/seminars/#2226 Sept. 7 – 68th Annual General Meeting of the British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom www.bis-space.com/2013/05/21/10670/68th-annual-general-meeting Sept. 8 – Town Meeting for the 2nd-phase Development of the China Jinping…

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Virgin Galactic to host career fair

Posted  September 4, 2013

Virgin Galactic, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, are hosting a career fair Sept. 7 in Mojave, Calif., and online to expand their best-in-class teams. More than 100 positions are available for innovative engineers, procurement gurus, superstar composite technicians and more, offering a truly out-of-this-world career with history-making opportunities. Open…

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Defense

VKF modernization program reaches a milestone, ready to pave the way for next-generation flight simulation testing

Posted  September 4, 2013

Air Force photograph by David Housch Joe Syler, Aerospace Testing Alliance outside machinist, makes an adjustment to the Ares I first stage booster model in the centerís von Karman Facilityís Tunnel B prior to the resumption of heat transfer testing. ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. ñ A team comprised of engineers, outside machinists, schedulers and…

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Business

MEADS system to identify friend or foe aircraft Certified by U.S. Air Traffic Control Office

Posted  September 4, 2013

The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system has been certified for operation. MEADS became the first U.S. system approved to incorporate a non-U.S. cryptographic device in 2009. Certification by the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System Program Office is a significant…

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NASA selects 2013 NASA Innovative Advanced Technology Concepts for continued study

Posted  September 4, 2013

NASA has selected six technology proposals for continued study under the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The proposals selected for Phase 2 of the 2013 NIAC Program address a range of visionary concepts including photonic laser thrusters, extreme sample return, and innovative spherical robots designed for planetary exploration. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate based the…

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NASA evaluates four candidate sites for 2016 Mars mission

Posted  September 4, 2013

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency’s next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet’s interior. The stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months…

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Turning Aviation Into Reality coming to Compton, Calif.

Posted  September 4, 2013

The Turning Aviation Into Realityí airplane fly-in and model aircraft expo is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the Compton Airport ñ 1017 Alondra Boulevard, Compton, Calif. Games open and fly-ins begin at 9 a.m., the model aircraft expo runs 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m., and the gates close at 3 p.m. The event is hosted by Chapter…

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Official warns of continued spending cuts in next fiscal year

Posted  September 4, 2013

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, a senior Defense Department official delivered a warning Sept. 4 at a defense cooperation conference in Washington, D.C.: expect the current spending cuts triggered by sequestration to be part of the budget landscape for the foreseeable future. Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense…

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Business

Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes critical design review

Posted  September 4, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has successfully conducted its Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System Critical Design Review for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency with Raytheon Missile Systems as the prime contractor. “The on-time completion of this CDR demonstrates the readiness of…

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