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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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Operation ‘Deep Freeze’ wraps up for the season

Posted  April 10, 2013

Courtesy photograph Personnel from the National Science Foundation depart an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Oct. 28, 2010. Following the arrival March 18 of SKIER 75 – the last LC-130 “Skibird” aircraft to depart the Operation Deep Freeze Joint Operating Area, the 2012-2013 ODF season completed another successful, yet challenging campaign….

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NASA’s Twitter account wins back-to-back Shorty Awards

Posted  April 10, 2013

NASA’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, has won its second consecutive Shorty award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Award honors the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA took the prize April 8 at the fifth annual Shorty Awards ceremony in New…

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Air Combat Command stands down units due to budget cuts

Posted  April 10, 2013

Air Force officials will begin to stand down active-duty combat units starting April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command’s operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part…

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Airbus breaks ground on south Alabama plant

Posted  April 10, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iD91KdrjOgQ Airbus photograph The ceremonial groundbreaking for Airbusí U.S. A320 Family final assembly line ñ which occurred April 8, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. ñ was marked by Airbus President and CEO Fabrice BrÈgier (fourth from right) and EADS CEO Tom Enders (sixth from right), along with state and national dignitaries, industry leaders and members of…

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Lockheed Martin names VP, deputy program manager For F-35

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company announced that Jeff Babione has been selected to serve as vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Operations, will lead the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group programs in an acting capacity until a permanent replacement for Babione is…

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Lockheed Martin team completes Delta PDR for Next GPS III satellite capabilities

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review for the next Global Positioning System III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites…

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Boeing selects location for Brazil aerospace research, technology center

Posted  April 10, 2013

Boeing announced April 9 that it will place its Brazilian research and technology center at the hub of Brazil’s aerospace industry – in the city of São José dos Campos’ Technological Park. The new Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil Center will open later this year in remodeled existing space at the technological park with staffing of…

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Headlines April 8, 2013

Posted  April 8, 2013

Business Pentagon awards surge 71 percent in March as Congress eases budget blow The Defense Department announced contracts valued at as much as $39.4 billion in March, 71 percent more than the prior month, even as automatic federal budget cuts started taking effect. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/defense-contracts-surge-71-percent-in-march-as-congress-eases-budget-blow/2013/04/07/4deeb982-9c89-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html Lagardere to use private placement to sell EADS shares French media…

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News Briefs April 8, 2013

Posted  April 8, 2013

Super Hornet crashes in the Arabian Sea An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower crashed April 8 in the North Arabian Sea. No one was injured. The Super Hornet encountered an engine failure at 12:20 p.m. local time, the Navy stated in a news release. The incident is under investigation….

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First B-2 surpasses 7,000 flight hours

Posted  April 8, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nick Wilson B-2 Spirit crew chiefs stand at parade rest while performing post flight inspections with pilots in the cockpit of the ìSpirit of Floridaî April 1, 2013, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The pilots just completed a historic training mission in which it became the first B-2 to…

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