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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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SAIC awarded contract by U.S. Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

Posted  June 12, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to provide electronics and communications services and solutions in support of mission capabilities within the Decision Superiority Portfolio. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total…

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SMC enters cooperative research, development agreement with SpaceX

Posted  June 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company’s effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space missions. This cooperative…

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SSL selected to provide satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT

Posted  June 12, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced June 11 that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet…

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Boeing transfers first C-17 to Indian Air Force

Posted  June 12, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Indian Air Force flew its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter. “The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world’s most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities,” said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff…

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OBVA Laboratory to test aviators’ visual capabilities

Posted  June 12, 2013

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, recently completed the installation of a high fidelity flight simulator in its Operational Based Vision Assessment laboratory.

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Northrop Grumman delivers second hosted payload for Enhanced Polar System protected communications

Posted  June 12, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman has delivered the second of two payloads that will be hosted on government-owned satellites to bring next-generation protected, Extremely High Frequency communications to users in the north polar region (above 65 ? North). Developed for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System (EPS), the payload efficiently leverages hardware and…

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Marks on Martian dunes may reveal tracks of dry ice Sleds

Posted  June 12, 2013

NASA research indicates† hunks of frozen carbon dioxide — dry ice — may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. Researchers deduced† this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance…

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Panel rejects request for military base closings

Posted  June 12, 2013

Another round of military base closings has hit a dead end. A Senate panel June 11 approved legislation rejecting the Defense Department’s request to shutter installations and facilities in the United States that are no longer needed as the military branches cut the number of troops in uniform. The House Armed Services Committee last week…

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NASA’s Chandra turns up black hole bonanza in galaxy next door

Posted  June 12, 2013

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered an unprecedented bonanza of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way.

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Hagel details budget request, calls for more base Closures

Posted  June 12, 2013

Sequestration and the need for another base closure and realignment commission headlined Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelís testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committeeís defense subcommittee June 11. Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the presidentís request for $526.6 billion for the Defense Departmentís fiscal year 2014…

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