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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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Interceptor test failure is setback for National Missile Defense program

Posted  July 8, 2013

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin The GBI missile leaves the silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Like a belated Independence Day skyrocket, a Ground-Based Interceptor missile roared from its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on the morning of July 5 as part of an integrated exercise and test of the Ground-based Midcourse…

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Long-running NASA/CNES ocean satellite takes final bow

Posted  July 8, 2013

The curtain has come down on a superstar of the satellite oceanography world that played the “Great Blue Way” of the world’s ocean for 11 1/2 years. The successful joint NASA and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite was decommissioned this week following the loss of its last remaining transmitter. Launched Dec. 7,…

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Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted  July 8, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian airmen face involuntary furlough one…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Hainan Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  July 8, 2013

Boeing and Hainan Airlines July 4 celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner. The delivery is the first of 10 787s for Hainan Airlines.

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AAR selected by GE Aviation to upgrade main landing gear door actuator

Posted  July 8, 2013

AAR CORP. has been selected by GE Aviation as an Authorized Service Center to retrofit the main landing gear door actuators on A318, A319, A320, and A321 aircraft with improved hydraulic actuators. AAR will handle the work at its Landing Gear Services MRO facility in Miami. That 128,000-square-foot site added tooling capabilities and manpower to…

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NASA selects electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted  July 8, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to ASRC Federal Space & Defense of Greenbelt, Md., for the Electrical Systems Engineering Services II for the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is a cost plus award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $475 million. This contract has a 30-day phase-in period with…

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Gerry Fasano to lead Lockheed Martin IS&GS Strategy, business development

Posted  July 8, 2013

Gerry Fasano has been appointed vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions business. In addition, he will remain the General Manager for the Valley Forge, Penn., operations, where he will continue his close work and commitment to the Greater Philadelphia area community. Fasano will be responsible for…

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NASA announces space station research, development conference

Posted  July 8, 2013

The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, will conduct the second annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference July 16-18 in Denver. The theme of the conference is “Discoveries, Applications and Opportunities.” It is the only annual conference offering details on the full…

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Headlines July 2, 2013

Posted  July 2, 2013

Defense Fourth of July fireworks shuttered at key military bases Money woes have led at least three military bases to cancel Fourth of July fireworks, a move that will save up to $100,000, one general estimated. Army’s internal battle: Fight with GAO over battlefield intelligence system The Army’s vaunted battlefield intelligence processor is “difficult to…

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News Briefs July 1, 2013

Posted  July 2, 2013

Jordan air force pilot joins Syrian rebels Relatives of a Jordanian air force pilot say he has joined al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad. More than 300 Jordanians, some linked to domestic militant groups, have joined Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow Assad. But…

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