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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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Cassini probe to take photo of Earth from deep space

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of…

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Embraer, Boeing team to market, sell KC-390 medium-airlift aircraft

Posted  June 19, 2013

Embraer and Boeing are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer’s KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted  June 19, 2013

The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, at Spandgahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service.

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College students study Earth from NASA’s DC-8 flying lab

Posted  June 19, 2013

Photograph courtesy of James Mumaw Bristling with numerous experiment probes projecting from its fuselage and wingtips, NASA’s DC-8 flying science laboratory descends for landing in this 2008 photo. The modified jetliner will be carrying more than 30 college students and their experiments during low-level flights over various areas in California June 17 20, 2013, as…

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AAR to extend airlift support for U.S. Military

Posted  June 19, 2013

AAR announced June 18 that the United States Transportation Command has exercised a renewal option for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through May 31, 2014. The option has a value of approximately $98 million and is part of a contract awarded to AAR in June 2010. The company’s AAR Airlift business will continue…

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Afghan forces take security lead for entire nation

Posted  June 19, 2013

Afghans now are in the lead for security throughout their country, and this inflection point points the way toward a stable nation, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said June 18. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. told Pentagon reporters via a phone hook-up from the Afghan capital of Kabul that…

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NASA announces asteroid grand challenge

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA announced June 18 a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships…

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Events for July 2013

Posted  June 19, 2013

July 1-2 – Australian Astrobiology Meeting, Sydney, Australia http://aca.unsw.edu.au/aa-meeting July 1-3 – Exoplanet Characterization Observatory Open Science Workshop, Noordwijk, The Netherlands www.echo2013.net/ July 1-4 – International Symposium on Planetary Sciences, Shanghai, China http://202.127.29.4/meetings/iaps2013/ July 1-5 – 8th Annual International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows, Biarritz, France www.maisondelasimulation.fr/astronum2013/ July 1-5 – Conference: Tracing…

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Tehachapi hosts intermediate space challenge

Posted  June 19, 2013

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds Students from Janice Tietz class took the overall top score at the Tehachapi Space Challenge and will proudly display the Traveling Trophy for one year at Tompkins Elementary School. More than 500 students, guests and volunteers participated in the event. High winds and cool temperatures didnít keep rockets on their…

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B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

Posted  June 19, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Stratton Capt. Brandon Packard performs pre-flight checks of a B-1B Lancer June 11, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Packard is a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided…

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