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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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Headlines August 12, 2013

Posted  August 12, 2013

News Air Force identifies airman killed in helicopter crash The Air Force has identified an airman killed in a helicopter crash last week as TSgt. Mark A Smith. Smith, of the 33rd Rescue Squadron, was killed when his HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed Aug. 5 in Okinawa, according to a news release from the 18th Wing….

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News Briefs August 12, 2013

Posted  August 12, 2013

Air Force: Electrical wire caused F-22 crash The U.S. Air Force said Aug. 9 that a chafed electrical wire caused an F-22 Raptor fighter jet to crash near Tyndall Air Force Base in November. The Air Command Accident Investigation Board, based in Langley, Va., determined that the chafed wire let to an internal fire in…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $617 million for full-rate production E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Posted  August 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Since the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye took to the skies over St. Augustine, Fla., for the first time in August 2007, Northrop Grumman has delivered 10 new production E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy, on cost and on schedule. An additional 10 aircraft are in various stages of manufacturing and predelivery flight testing…

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T-20 UAV reaches high altitude mark

Posted  August 12, 2013

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Arcturus T-20 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flew to an altitude of 23,500 feet MSL during a training flight at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo. The previous altitude record for the T-20 was 15,000 MSL set at Edwards AFB, Calif. No special modifications to the aircraft were needed. The…

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Raytheon awarded contract for third Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite

Posted  August 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has received a contract from NASA to develop a Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft. This is the third VIIRS unit Raytheon has been contracted to build. JPSS is a joint program of NOAA and NASA that provides critical observations…

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XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

Posted  August 12, 2013

The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system is now in development. But by this time next year, the system may have moved into low-rate initial production and if so, will lose the experimental “X” prefix. Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, the PEO Soldier program manager for individual weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., said the XM25…

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Endangered species thrive on U.S. military ranges

Posted  August 12, 2013

The sign leaves no doubt about the risk in entering the steep seaside hills that North America’s rarest bird calls home: “Danger. Boom. Explosives. Unexploded Ordnance and Laser Range in Use. Keep Out.” Despite the weekly explosions that rock this Navy-owned island off the Southern California coast, the San Clemente Island loggerhead shrike has been…

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TAT Technologies awarded $6.2 million contract with Lockheed Martin

Posted  August 12, 2013

TAT Technologies Ltd. reported Aug. 12 it received a Requirements Contract with a Master Purchas Order from Lockheed Martin for the procurement of the F-16 tactical aircraft’s emergency power unit and additional related components. Total value of the contract may reach $6.2 million through Dec. 31, 2018. TAT Technologies is a leading provider of services…

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New devices keep Army communications safe

Posted  August 12, 2013

Project Director, Communications Security is moving closer to fielding a new handheld device which will be used to deliver electronic keys to secure the Army's phone, radio, computer and satellite networks.

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Lockheed Martin receives $223 million M-TADS/PNVS contract for Republic of Korea Apaches

Posted  August 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $223 million contract to provide the Republic of Korea with Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems for the nationís AH-64E Apache helicopter. South Korea is the 12th international customer to purchase the M-TADS/PNVS-equipped Apache attack helicopter. The contract includes 36 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares, with production through…

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