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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 Student Airborne Research Program: Learning by doing

Posted  July 17, 2013

NASA photograph by Jane Peterson Interns participating in NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program board NASA’s DC-8 for a science flight over California to investigate several topics including air pollution, forest health, and near shore and ocean studies. A group of American college students are spending eight weeks this summer participating in an internship that offered…

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NASA’s DC-8 flight helps validate new technologies

Posted  July 17, 2013

NASA photograph by Lori Losey Numerous instrument probes protrude from NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science flying laboratory as it flies an instrument checkout flight. NASA’s DC-8 airborne laboratory has flown Earth science missions for more than 25 years. The converted jetliner recently carried several instruments testing new technologies that could aid those missions, Global Positioning System…

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Unmanned drone crashes at Tyndall

Posted  July 17, 2013

An unmanned Air Force QF-4 drone, assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.m. July 17. No personnel were injured during the incident. Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 and are anticipating that it will…

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Large rocket test facilityís altitude capability benefits from new control system

Posted  July 17, 2013

Air Force photograph An Arnold Engineering Development Complex systems installation crew positions the new remote Input/Output control system cabinet for the complexís Large Rocket Motor Test Facility, or J-6, that will control liquid nitrogen and gaseous nitrogen during testing. Large rocket testing at altitude conditions has been a common occurrence at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s…

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Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health concerns

Posted  July 17, 2013

Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and Army medicine moves into the future, behavioral health concerns will remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the Army, said Surgeon General…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $173 million performance-based logistics contract for LITENING targeting system sustainment

Posted  July 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $173 million performance-based logistics contract to provide support and sustainment services for the LITENING advanced targeting system. Under the five-year agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide logistics support, technical support to the field, aircrew and maintenance training, depot repairs and other associated services. Northrop Grumman will support the LITENING targeting…

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Headlines July 15, 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

Business Boeing forced to play waiting game in Dreamliner fire probe Planemaker Boeing, desperate to reassure customers that its flagship Dreamliner plane is safe, may have to wait several days for the first signs of what caused a fire at London’s Heathrow Airport July 12.   Defense Lockheed F-35 may stay protected, Pentagon’s buyer says…

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News Briefs July 15, 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

First Air Force One plane decaying in Arizona field The first plane to be designated as Air Force One now sits in a southern Arizona field that’s part of Marana Regional Airport. The aircraft that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless…

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Innovation extends ORS-1’s life, mission

Posted  July 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Dennis Rogers Capt. Eric Palmer (left) and Airman 1st Class Quillan Fay review Operationally Responsive Space-1 procedures and mission objectives in preparation for a satellite contact June 29, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron members recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of ORS-1’s launch. The Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite…

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NASA picks small spacecraft propulsion systems for development

Posted  July 15, 2013

NASA has selected three proposals for the development of lightweight micro-thruster propulsion technologies that are small in size but have big potential. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate selected the miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies to perform stabilization, station keeping and pointing for small spacecraft. NASA hopes these technology demonstrations may lead to similar position control systems…

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