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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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Navy’s first mobile landing platform departs San Diego

Posted  July 15, 2013

The USNS Montford Point departs San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett in the state of Washington.

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General Dynamics to consolidate two combat systems businesses

Posted  July 15, 2013

General Dynamics announced July 15 that, following a comprehensive review of the structure of its Combat Systems business group, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products will be consolidated into General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “In the face of changing demand in some of our markets and increasing competition across the board, we have determined…

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Lockheed Martin delivers antenna assemblies for integration on first GPS III satellite

Posted  July 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martin√≠s Newtown, Pa. facility, were delivered to the company√≠s GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colo. on…

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Forecast International projects $58 billion commercial communications satellite market over next 10 years

Posted  July 15, 2013

Forecast International projects the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $57.7 billion from 2013-2022. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks 45 satellite production programs, 440 individual communications satellites are expected to be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, society’s demand for data and connectivity continues to…

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VA grants will expand transportation in highly rural areas

Posted  July 15, 2013

Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas. The VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans…

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B-1 test squadron demonstrates anti-ship missile

Posted  July 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by A1C Damon Kasberg Airmen from the 7th Munitions Squadron transport a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile toward a B-1 Bomber June 12, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The weapon loading was part of a trial-run for munitions Airmen prior to the first captive carry test conducted by the 337th Test…

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Wyle wins $4.9 million award to provide technical analysis to U.S. Navy

Posted  July 15, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a task order valued at $4.9 million from the Defense Technical Information Center’s Reliability Information Analysis Center to provide weaponeering and stores planning test and evaluation for the U.S. Navy. Wyle will provide reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability, and interoperability analysis, systems engineering activities, test plan preparation, automated…

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Air Force supports new generation of lithium-ion batteries

Posted  July 15, 2013

A few months back, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was proud to publish an article regarding a research accomplishment by Dr. Jim Tour and his research team at Rice University. AFOSR, along with other funding agencies, supported Dr. Tour’s research effort to make graphene suitable for a variety of organic chemistry applications –…

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Combat air forces to resume flying

Posted  July 15, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands will begin flying again July 15 after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration.

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Raytheon demonstrates high-definition, two-color third generation FLIR system

Posted  July 15, 2013

Raytheon’s Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared Improved Target Acquisition System and fire control successfully achieved proof of concept in a series of laboratory and field tests. Preliminary evaluation of the impact of firing all versions of the TOW missile was also performed. “Raytheon’s FLIR improvement program provides warfighters with better clarity at all ranges, allowing…

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