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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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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

Posted  May 29, 2013

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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Air Force OCC chopper retires

Posted  May 29, 2013

Air Force photograph The Orange County Chopper on display at its new home at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. After more than five years of service, one of the Air Force’s mobile marketing assets, the F-22 Raptor-themed chopper, retired and moved to its new home in the National…

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Northrop Grumman-built Modular Space Vehicle nears completion of manufacturing phase

Posted  May 29, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-led team recently completed the third gate review of its first Modular Space Vehicle bus assembly, integration and test, marking completion of functional testing. The team will conduct comprehensive “day in the life” testing next for the Operationally Responsive Space-2 (ORS-2) bus, leading to hardware acceptance by the Air…

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SAIC awarded DARPA contract in support of the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures program

Posted  May 29, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to provide engineering services in support of the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures program. The multiple-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a six-month base period of performance, 54 option months, and a total contract value of $31.5 million for both awardees,…

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‘Old Guard’ soldiers honor fallen with flags at Arlington graves

Posted  May 29, 2013

A sea of tiny American flags flutters gently in the breeze now at Arlington National Cemetery. The flags were placed at gravesites, May 23, in tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nation's fallen service members who rest there.

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HUD, VA team up to provide permanent homes to 9,000 homeless vets

Posted  May 29, 2013

Approximately 9,000 homeless Veterans living on the streets and in the nationís shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced May 29 that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies…

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Warrior Web prototype takes first steps

Posted  May 29, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Gz2yu5jUs&feature=player_embedded A soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype DARPA Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. Warrior Web seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for Soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain. DARPA…

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Boeing-built WGS satellite enhances tactical communications for war fighters

Posted  May 29, 2013

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force to give war fighters greater access to fast, secure communications that help them complete their missions more safely and effectively. After reaching final orbit, WGS-5 will complete several maneuvers and tests before beginning…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works lays keel of DDG 1001, second Zumwalt-class Destroyer

Posted  May 29, 2013

On May 23, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers. The ship is named for Petty Officer Second Class Michael Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. Monsoor was on…

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F-35B celebrates one year at Eglin

Posted  May 29, 2013

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Coates, an F-35B Lightning II maintainer, gives the thumbs up to Marine Capt. David Corkill piloting the joint strike fighter that he is cleared safe to resume his flying mission after hot refueling the aircraft. The F-35B and pilot were able to conduct a…

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