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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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Boxer becomes first West Coast ship to deploy with Osprey

Posted  August 5, 2013

Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) will become the first West Coast ship to deploy with the MV-22 Osprey this fall. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) is embarked on Boxer as a part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and will deploy with a complement of 12…

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Emerald Coast pays tribute to Air Force legend

Posted  August 5, 2013

Nearly 1,000 service members, veterans and citizens from across the nation paid their respects to the life and legacy of a retired Air Force colonel during a funeral service Aug. 1 on Okaloosa Island, Fla.

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Lockheed Martin to offer universal mission equipment package For U.S. Army helicopters

Posted  August 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin will offer a universal, highly adaptable and affordable mission equipment package to meet requirements for the Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift rotary wing program, with potential applications for other customers and platforms. The Lockheed Martin MEP will integrate proven solutions from three of the Corporation’s business areas and more than 30 years of experience…

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NASA begins launch preparations for next Mars mission

Posted  August 5, 2013

NASA photograph NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution spacecraft is seen inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility Aug. 3. 2013, at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MAVEN will be prepared inside the facility for its scheduled November launch to Mars. NASA’s next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency’s…

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HH-60 helicopter crashes near Camp Hansen, Okinawa

Posted  August 5, 2013

A Kadena Air Base, Japan,-based HH-60G Pave Hawk†helicopter crashed in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, at about 4 p.m., Aug. 5. U.S. fire and rescue crews are responding to the scene of the mishap. There were at least four people on board. Three of the four have been accounted for and are…

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France to cut defense jobs, hold line on spending

Posted  August 5, 2013

France plans to hold the line on military spending while reducing 34,000 defense jobs over the next five years, a decision the defense minister said would still allow the country to prepare for the future. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government laid out its five-year military program at a Cabinet meeting Aug. 2 that would keep…

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NASA’s Hubble finds telltale fireball after gamma ray burst

Posted  August 5, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently provided the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma ray bursts are produced by the merger of two small, super-dense stellar objects.

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Exercises, training to posture NATO for future challenges

Posted  August 5, 2013

Sharpened by the past decade of combat operations, NATO forces are launching an ambitious effort to build on that foundation and to enhance the capabilities of the NATO Response Force, the top U.S. and NATO commander reported. After more than 10 years of experience fighting together in Afghanistan, we have achieved an unprecedented level of…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $212 million for DDG 1002 deckhouse, hangar, launch-system modules

Posted  August 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $212 million for the design and construction of a steel deckhouse and hangar and construction of aft Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules for integration into Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), the third ship of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. General Dynamics Bath…

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Lockheed Martin team completes environmental testing of the solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  August 5, 2013

A Lockheed Martin team has completed and passed the full range of environmental tests – electrical, mechanical and thermal – for the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite satellite mission, known as GOES-R. The team is…

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