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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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Boeing X-48C research aircraft completes flight testing

Posted  April 12, 2013

The Boeing X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept.

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Royal Navy pilot flies first F-35 sortie

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov U.K. pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Ian Tidball, became the first Royal Navy student-pilot to fly a sortie in the F-35B Lightning II April 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Tidball has flight experience in the British Sea Harrier and the F-18 Super Hornet. Air Force photograph by Maj….

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NASA, Air Force seek next generation space processor program

Posted  April 12, 2013

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions. Through a broad agency announcement, the Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program is seeking two to four companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced…

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U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awards General Dynamics $9.5 million contract for Abrams spares

Posted  April 12, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with an estimated potential value of $9.5 million by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to provide spare parts in support of the Abrams main battle tank. “The Defense Logistics Agency has a strategic goal of…

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VA funding reflects commitment to vets

Posted  April 12, 2013

Emphasizing that a nation’s budget reflects its core priorities, a senior Veterans Affairs Department official said the proposed 10 percent fiscal year 2014 budget increase for VA and the fact that the department is specifically sheltered from sequestration demonstrate America’s unwavering commitment to its veterans. Tommy Sowers, assistant VA secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs,…

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Headlines April 10, 2013

Posted  April 10, 2013

News Pentagon’s $526.6 billion budget asks Congress for unpopular cuts The Pentagon unveiled a $526.6 billion budget April 10 that calls for base closures, program cancellations and smaller pay increases, but which is still $52 billion higher than spending caps set by law, putting the department on a path toward another year of financial uncertainty….

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News Briefs April 10, 2013

Posted  April 10, 2013

U.S. fighter crashes in Gulf; crew rescued The U.S. Navy says a fighter jet has crashed into the Persian Gulf near the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, but both crew members were rescued safely by divers. The Navy cited engine failure on the F/A-18F Super Hornet as the reason for the April 8 crash….

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Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range integrated fuel system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Raytheon successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company’s extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon. During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle. The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations…

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Updated Laser Rangefinder/Designator from Northrop Grumman, DRS Technologies completes successful flight testing

Posted  April 10, 2013

Following flight testing at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz., the Mast Mounted Sight-Diode Pumped Laser Rangefinder/Designator developed by Northrop Grumman) and partner DRS Technologies successfully demonstrated its capabilities for the U.S. Army. The MMS-DP LRF/D is designed as a drop-in replacement for the legacy MMS LRF/D, which was also produced by Northrop Grumman….

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Embraer selects RTI Connext DDS for KC-390 mission computer system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Real-Time Innovations, the real-time infrastructure software company, today announced that Embraer Defense and Security has selected Connextô DDS (Data Distribution Service) for the software development of its KC-390 military transport aircraft mission computer. With this announcement, RTI also expands its presence into South America. RTI is honored that Embraer has selected our Connext DDS solution…

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