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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Headlines: January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

Business KBR, guilty in Iraq negligence, wants taxpayers to foot the bill; Pictured: Smoke billowing from Boeing Dreamliner after explosion at Boston airport – the fourth mechanical failure in a month; Lockheed subsidiary to buy Aveos repair business, rehire some workers;     Space NASA space telescope shows there may be 17 billion Earth-like planets…

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News Briefs: January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,043 As of Jan. 8, 2012, at least 2,043 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,703 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA’s NuSTAR catches black holes in galaxy web

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside.

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NASA’s Hubble reveals rogue planetary orbit for Fomalhaut b

Posted  January 10, 2013

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14…

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SOFIA spots recent starburst in the Milky Way galaxyís center

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA photograph SOFIA/FORCAST mid-infrared image of the Milky Way galaxyís nucleus showing the Circumnuclear Ring of gas and dust clouds orbiting a central supermassive black hole. The bright Y-shaped feature is believed to be material falling from the ring toward the black hole that is located where the arms of the ìYî intersect. Researchers using…

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Aerojet awarded SM-3 solid divert, attitude control system contract

Posted  January 10, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp) company, announced Jan. 8 that the Missile Defense Agency has awarded the company a multi-million dollar contract to develop advanced Solid Divert and Attitude Control System technologies for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIB interceptor. This development contract will advance SDACS technology to increase flight duration, mission flexibility and overall performance required…

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Federal investigators beef up scrutiny of 787 fire

Posted  January 10, 2013

Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Jan. 7 fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day.

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Ball Aerospace completes successful CDR for Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft

Posted  January 10, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the delta Critical Design Review for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. The four-day review was held Dec. 10-13, and included more than 100 representatives from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and JPSS instrument providers. The review team…

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U.S. pursues better ballistic missile

Posted  January 10, 2013

MDA photograph by Ralph Scott Technicians prepare a ground based Interceptor for emplacement into Missile Field 2 at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Northern Command is collaborating closely with the Missile Defense Agency to improve the capability of systems designed to counter threats to the homeland. While refining…

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Embraer selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ Engine as exclusive power for second generation of E-Jets

Posted  January 10, 2013

Embraer announced Jan. 8 it has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine as the exclusive power for its new second generation of the E-Jet aircraft family. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. Planned to enter service in 2018, the Embraer E-Jets equipped with PurePower PW1700G and PW1900G engines will…

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