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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Boeing to build four more Intelsat Epic 702MP satellites

Posted  May 10, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will build four more 702MP satellites for Intelsat S.A., furthering its role as the initial manufacturer of Intelsatís new high-performance satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG. The 702MPs will deliver reliable, affordable and high-capacity data transmission that Intelsat customers can tailor to their needs. “Intelsat became our first customer for the 702MP…

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NASA commercial partner Sierra Nevada completes safety review

Posted  May 10, 2013

Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., has completed its first major, comprehensive safety review of its Dream Chaser Space System. This is the company’s latest paid-for-performance milestone with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with commercial space partners to develop capabilities to launch U.S. astronauts from American soil in the next few…

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DOD makes progress to meet nuclear treaty requirements

Posted  May 10, 2013

The Defense Department is on track to meet the requirements of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as it also modernizing its ballistic missile defense capabilities, a senior defense official told Congress May 9. Madelyn R. Creedon, assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee the…

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Edwards flight testers essential to X-51A Waverider success

Posted  May 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider flew its fourth and final mission May 1 over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, during which the test team achieved a record- setting 210 seconds of air-breathing hypersonic flight. Flight testers from Edwards played a vital role in the program’s success. When…

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NASA Curiosity rover team selects second drilling target on Mars

Posted  May 10, 2013

The team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. This second drilling target, called “Cumberland,” lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity’s drill first touched Martian stone in…

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

Posted  May 10, 2013

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.

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C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards

Posted  May 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The silhouette of an aircrew member from the 9th Airlift Squadron can be seen as they prepare to remove a power cart from a C-5M Super Galaxy for a test sortie April 26, 2013, in support of C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing. The C-5M Block 3.5.2…

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Synonyms: Superman and Doolittle Raider

Posted  May 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Carlin Leslie From right, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, retired Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher salute their fallen brother, retired Master Sgt. Edwin Horton, April 18, 2013 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The men were all part of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Tokyo 71…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army complete AI3 control vehicle tests

Posted  May 10, 2013

Raytheon has successfully completed its control test vehicle flights for the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The two CTV flights are part of a company-led effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system elements. Once fielded, AI3 is designed to enhance warfighter protection by destroying a wider array of incoming rockets, artillery and mortars than…

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AFOSR-funded research key to revolutionary ‘green’ spacecraft propellant

Posted  May 10, 2013

In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant – one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant -one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. This energetic…

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