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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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NASA announces summer learning opportunities for U.S. students

Posted  May 13, 2013

NASA has unveiled plans for its 2013 Summer of Innovation project, which challenges middle school students across the United States to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through unique, NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. Summer of Innovation leverages the expertise and reach of NASA’s 10 field centers, national academic…

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Is there a morale crisis in the U.S. nuclear force?

Posted  May 13, 2013

Beyond the U.S. Air Force’s embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions. Do those entrusted with the world’s most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions? And is there a morale crisis among these officers? This matters because the missiles…

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Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter achieves certification in Mexico

Posted  May 13, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 13 that the S-76D™ helicopter has been awarded Type Certification by Mexico's civil aviation authority, the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil.

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Headlines May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

Business Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy. Bombardier says CSeries on…

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News Briefs May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,083 As of May 7, 2013, at least 2,083 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 1,725 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA wins prestigious aerospace industry awards

Posted  May 10, 2013

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at…

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NASA astronaut Rick CJ Sturckow leaves agency

Posted  May 10, 2013

NASA astronaut Rick “CJ” Sturckow has left the agency and accepted a position with Virgin Galactic as pilot on their Commercial Flight Team. A veteran of four space shuttle flights, Sturckow served first as pilot on STS-88 in 1998 and STS-105 in 2001 and later as commander on STS-117 in 2007 and STS-128 in 2009….

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Aerojet delivers final Orion EFT-1 crew module reaction control system pod assembly

Posted  May 10, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 has arrived at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet’s CM RCS pods will provide the full complement of primary and redundant control required for…

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Forecast International expects C4I market will face budget limitations in tight economy

Posted  May 10, 2013

Information: Who has it, who needs it, and how to distribute it remain the core of C4ISR. Forecast International’s “The Market for C4I” examines 222 leading C4I programs worldwide and reviews 22 companies involved in the production of C4I systems. It projects that the combined market value of these programs will be $50.756 billion over…

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Boeing to build four more Intelsat Epic 702MP satellites

Posted  May 10, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will build four more 702MP satellites for Intelsat S.A., furthering its role as the initial manufacturer of Intelsatís new high-performance satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG. The 702MPs will deliver reliable, affordable and high-capacity data transmission that Intelsat customers can tailor to their needs. “Intelsat became our first customer for the 702MP…

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