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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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NASA selects top 96 asteroid initiative ideas

Posted  September 6, 2013

NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for…

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Official predicts bleak budget picture for fiscal 2014

Posted  September 6, 2013

Budget pressures mean defense acquisition workers’ lives “are going to stay difficult for a while,” their chief told the workforce at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this week, but he reminded them that they have a critical mission for the country. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, visited here Sept….

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey deploys refueling equipment in flight test

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker.

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CNO details Navy’s fiscal 2014 budget realities

Posted  September 6, 2013

Even without the uncertainty caused by budget negotiations, it will take years for the Navy to recover from the effects of sequestration, the chief of naval operations told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington Sept 5.

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Pratt & Whitney signs exclusive maintenance agreement with Transaero Airlines

Posted  September 6, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, has signed an exclusive eight-year maintenance services agreement with Transaero Airlines to provide engine overhaul services on the airline’s fleet of PW4000-112″ engines. The agreement is expected to be worth approximately $55 million over its life. Under the terms of the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will provide…

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News Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Vermont F-35 opponents ask city to block planes Opponents of a proposal that could base F-35 fighter planes at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport want city officials to refuse to allow the plane to be based there. The airport is located in South Burlington, but it is owned by Burlington. Opponents say the Burlington City Council…

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Posted  September 6, 2013

News: U.S. has bombs designed to ‘vaporize’ chemical, biological weapons –  If the United States takes part in a military strike on Syria, the Air Force will likely be using bombs designed specifically for the destruction of chemical and biological weapons. If successful, these weapons would “vaporize” stockpiles of deadly agents and stop any particles from…

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Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully mated with Antares rocket

Posted  September 9, 2013

  Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, successfully mated its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft to its Antares™ rocket Sept. 6 in preparation for its Sept. 17 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. This upcoming demonstration flight is the final milestone in…

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U.S. Army awards AeroVironment $36.7 million in new orders for switchblade tactical missile systems

Posted  September 9, 2013

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2013 ñ AeroVironment, Inc. announced Sept. 9 it has received orders valued at $36,746,304 under a contract for Switchbladeô tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support. The United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Program Executive Office Missiles and Space awarded these contract modifications. †AeroVironment and its strategic teammate for advanced…

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Northrop Grumman to develop cyber visualisation tools as part of U.K. research program

Posted  September 9, 2013

Northrop Grumman) has been retained by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to carry out a further phase of development of the N.Guru Cyber Situational Awareness System, the software application for the visualisation of cyber events for decision makers. The research project awarded by Dstl will be carried out by Northrop Grumman in partnership with…

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