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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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Lockheed Martin delivers third SBIRS HEO satellite payload to U.S. Air Force

Posted  July 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has delivered the third of four highly elliptical earth orbit satellite payloads contracted by the U.S. Air Force as part of the Space Based Infrared System. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders,…

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NASA tests game changing composite cryogenic fuel tank

Posted  July 2, 2013

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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Army leaders discuss NIE path ahead at Industry Day

Posted  July 2, 2013

As the Army’s first brigade combat team deploys to Afghanistan with a suite of new communications gear that came together at the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, senior leaders met with industry to discuss how future NIEs will continue to drive technology forward. The NIE 14.2 Industry Day, held June 25, emphasized the significance of…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates management of varied UAVs from one integrated control system

Posted  July 2, 2013

During a recent demonstration at NAVAIR, Lockheed Martin monitored and controlled multiple types of unmanned aerial systems from one integrated command and control system. Controlling both the unmanned air vehicles and their on-board mission system sensors, Lockheed Martin’s system fully integrated with other Navy C2 and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning and execution systems to…

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NASA Commercial Crew partner SpaceX completes two human-critical reviews

Posted  July 2, 2013

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne, Calif., recently completed two milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers. These were the fifth and sixth milestones for SpaceX, a partner in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The company is…

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UTC Aerospace Systems celebrates grand opening

Posted  July 2, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems celebrated the grand opening of its corporate headquarters on West Tyvola Road in Charlotte, N.C., June 28, 2013. The event included remarks from North Carolina Governor Patrick L. McCrory and company leaders. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. During the ceremony UTC Aerospace Systems announced a commitment of…

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Boeing, Garuda Indonesia celebrate delivery of first 777-300ER to airline

Posted  July 2, 2013

Boeing and Garuda Indonesia celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first 777-300ER (Extended Range) in Jakarta July 2. The long-haul, twin-aisle airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs delivered to the airline and is a key component of the Garuda Indonesia’s Quantum Leap fleet revitalization program. “The 777 is an extraordinary airplane that will bring…

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Governor’s budget provides continued support for California’s veterans

Posted  July 2, 2013

Long-pending benefits claims submitted by California veterans and caught in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs processing ìlog jamî could soon see the light of day. The newly signed Governor’s Budget has authorized $3 million and 36 limited-term positions that will allow the California Department of Veterans Affairs to work with USDVA to help alleviate…

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NASA awards construction contract at Stennis

Posted  July 2, 2013

NASA has selected Healtheon Inc. of New Orleans to provide a high pressure industrial water line under the Multiple Award Construction Contract at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The firm-fixed price task order has a total value of $29.8 million and a performance period of 530 days. Work is scheduled…

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NASA decommissions its Galaxy Hunter spacecraft

Posted  July 2, 2013

NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic time.

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