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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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Osprey debuts at Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1

Posted  May 8, 2013

Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1 Marines, past and present, family members and friends mingle on the flight line with the newest addition to the squadron, an MV-22 B ‘Osprey,’ after an MV-22B Introduction Ceremony in the HMX-1 hangar May 4 in Quantico, Va. The aircraft, built by Bell-Boeing under direction from the V-22 Joint Program Office…

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

Posted  May 8, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System (CM RCS) pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-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…

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Odierno: Readiness issues pose risk to U.S. security

Posted  May 8, 2013

Navy photograph by CPO Josh Ives A smaller Army still needs to be ready, and sequester issues on top of previous budget cuts are impacting readiness accounts, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Defense Writers Group, May 7, 2013. A smaller Army still needs to be ready, and sequester issues…

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Boeing brings B-52 into digital age with significant communications upgrade

Posted  May 8, 2013

Boeing is providing an upgraded communications system for U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers so aircrews can send and receive information via satellite links, allowing crews to change mission plans and retarget weapons in flight and better interact with aircraft and ground forces. To date, mission information has been uploaded to a B-52 only before a…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92® helicopters to Turkish National Police

Posted  May 8, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92® helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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DOD report on China details military modernization

Posted  May 8, 2013

A Defense Department report released today describes China’s military modernization and the Chinese army’s interaction with other forces, including those of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said May 6. The annual report – titled “2013 Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” – went to Congress today and covers China’s…

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NAWCAD scientists forge new path for underwater optics

Posted  May 8, 2013

Navy photograph Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division engineer Dr. Linda Mullen demonstrates a laser used in underwater optics at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 6. Mullen patented a new encoding method for laser imaging, which offers possibilities for both fleet and commercial use. Scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division)…

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NASA extends electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted  May 8, 2013

NASA has extended its interim contract with MEI Technologies Inc. of Houston for electrical systems engineering services. The ordering period has been extended for five months from May 9 to Oct. 8. The maximum ordering value of this indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has been increased by about $50 million to a total of about $287 million….

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Northrop Grumman completes lunar lander study for Golden Spike Company

Posted  May 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed a feasibility study for a new commercial lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company.

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NASA to mark 40th anniversary of Skylab, life 0ff Earth

Posted  May 8, 2013

NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of America’s first space station Monday, May 13, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers planning future space missions. The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters…

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