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High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilots have added their names to the fraternity of those that have gone supersonic, but let’s look back at when it was just a handful.

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The Golden Era of Test Flight: Another iconic aerospace hero has flown west

NASA Test Pilot John A. Manke, Sr., age 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2019. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Manke was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Selby, S.D. Manke attended the University of South Dakota before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

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DIA report details threats to America’s space-based world

Space enables the modern world, and the United States needs to maintain its progress in this critical domain if it hopes to lead in the future. That’s the conclusion of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s report titled “Challenges to Security in Space,” released today.

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NASA contracts to demonstrate unmanned aircraft technologies

NASA has signed contracts with three industry partners in a bid to demonstrate progress in the use and eventual certification of systems critical to the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

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NASA’s record-setting opportunity Rover mission on Mars comes to end

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet.


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NASA’s record-setting opportunity Rover mission on Mars comes to end

Posted  February 15, 2019

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s affordability, efficiency drive achieves major milestones

Posted  February 15, 2019

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–Nearly four years into an aggressive five-year affordability drive, Aerojet Rocketdyne reports that it has already achieved its top major milestones – including relocation of manufacturing capabilities for three key missile defense program products across the country, and elimination of more than 1.1 million square feet of the company’s office and manufacturing space….

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UAS demonstration Forest Light 19.2

Posted  February 15, 2019

Marine Corps photograph by 2nd Lt. Brett Vannier U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Derrick Velasquez, a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Chief with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, demonstrates UAS capabilities to Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during exercise Forest Light 19.2, in Aibano Training Area, Japan, on Feb….

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‘Trial by Flag’ for new F-35A pilots

Posted  February 15, 2019

It’s deceptively calm in the cockpit. There’s a constant, seemingly discordant stream of chatter coming through his helmet. In the sky ahead are more than 60 advanced enemy aircraft, flown by some of the best fighter pilots in the world. Welcome to Red Flag.

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Posted  February 15, 2019

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven M. Sevenich graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four…

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