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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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RAAF purchases Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile training capability

Posted  June 19, 2013

Navy photograph The EA-18G Growler carries Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The U.S. Navy signed a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the Australian Government for an AARGM training capability, marking the first FMS sale involving the weapon. The U.S. Navy signed an agreement with the Australian government May 31 to provide its High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile…

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Wireless spectrum essential to defense operations, official says

Posted  June 19, 2013

The Defense Department depends on the wireless spectrum for nearly all of its activities, the DOD chief information officer said in Washington, D.C., June 18. Essentially, everything at the Defense Department is connected to the network, Teri Takai told attendees at a Washington Post forum. In an effort to ensure commanders are fully informed of…

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Dassault SystËmes launches co-design to target, a new industry solution experience

Posted  June 19, 2013

Dassault SystËmes has announced the launch of its latest aerospace & defense industry solution experience, Co-Design to Target. In todayís aerospace & defense industry, many companies fail to reach their budget, schedule and specification targets due to increasingly complex systems, overly aggressive plans and the premature incorporation of new technologies. In addition, the design phase…

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Redesigned helicopter weapons mount brings increased fields of fire

Posted  June 19, 2013

An engineering team here recently redesigned and tested a UH-1Y helicopter weapons mount which will provide extended ground-firing capabilities to Marines in Afghanistan.

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GA-ASI, CAE expand partnership beyond Canada

Posted  June 19, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, and CAE, a world leader in simulation and mission training systems, today announced that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understandin to explore working together to integrate CAEís simulation systems with GA-ASIís RPA for the…

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Gate Guard becomes main attraction at PCS

Posted  June 19, 2013

On June 15, the Mojave Air and Space Port Gate Guard, a Convair CV-990, was featured at Plane Crazy Saturday.

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Mojave Air and Space Port adds funding for Events Center

Posted  June 19, 2013

Finances dominated the topics discussed at the June 18 Mojave Air Space Port directors meeting. Funding was increased to rehabilitate Bldg. 137 as an events center, and the proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget was presented. Additionally, the Administrative Code was amended and the Northside project completion was announced. Events Center The World War II era…

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NASA Dryden funding supports valley fever research

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA photograph by Beth Hagenauer A PBS cameraman records footage of a discussion between environmental engineer Vic Etyemezian of the Desert Research Institute and NASA Dryden occupational health scientist Miriam Rodon-Naveira for a feature story on their Valley Fever research study to be aired on the PBS News Hour in June. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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SecAF farewell ceremony set for June 21

Posted  June 19, 2013

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be honored during a ceremony June 21 at 1 p.m., at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The ceremony will stream live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (here) and Air Force Link’s live video page. Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2,…

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Planes of Fame monthly event

Posted  June 19, 2013

Planes of Fame Air Museum is hosting its monthly Living History event 10 a.m.-noon, July 6. Open to the public, the museum doors open at 9 a.m. The theme for July 6 is the “Flying Tigers/AVG”, featuring the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Featured speakers will present on the topic.  Following the presentation, the P-40 will perform…

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