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A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 22nd C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 25. Aircraft 86-0011 was ferried by a crew led by Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis, Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington,…

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First ever RQ-4 Global Hawk hits 100th flight on NASA mission

The first completed Global Hawk has made history again with its 100th flight in support of NASA environmental research.

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NASA completes successful battery of tests on composite cryotank

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qkGI6JeNY0E?enablejsapi=1&rel=0 NASA photograph by David Olive One of the largest composite cryotanks ever built recently completed a battery of tests at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The tank was lowered into a structural test stand where it was tested with cryogenic hydrogen and structural loads were applied to simulate stresses the tank…

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NASA completes key review of world’s most powerful rocket

NASA officials Aug. 27 announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars

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NASA MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft completes visual, radar mission in Hawaii

NASA photograph “Ikhana,” NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted research aircraft, carries a maritime radar in a specialized centerline pod during a flight to check out systems prior to the aircraft’s deployment to Hawaii in July 2014. NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, named “Ikhana,” recently completed a deployment to Hawaii in support of two diverse flight opportunities….


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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

Posted  September 4, 2012

Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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NORAD, Russia train to confront terrorist hijackings

Posted  September 4, 2012

It was a scene unthinkable even 30 years ago as U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries worked together this week at the North American Aerospace Command headquarters to confront a common enemy: terrorist hijackers.....

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Lancaster takes LEAPS towards a safer city

Posted  September 4, 2012

The City of Lancaster has officially launched the Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS), designed to aid the L.A. County Sheriff's department in fighting crime and providing quicker response times for other emergencies.

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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Boeing Winged Joint Direct Attack Munition completes first round of tests

Posted  September 4, 2012

A winged version of the Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition that will triple the weapon’s glide range to more than 40 miles is a step closer to production after completing wind tunnel tests at a U.S. facility in June. Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, the 500-pound JDAM Extended Range features a modular…

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Upcoming events for September 2012

Posted  September 4, 2012

Sept. 1-7 – Symposium on Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Including Fundamental Interactions, Moorea, French Polynesia https://hepconf.physics.ucla.edu/pacific/index.html Sept. 2-7 – 11th International Conference on Substorms, Luneburg, Germany www.international-substorm-conference.com/ Sept. 2-7 – 8th Tours Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, Black Forest, Germany www-win.gsi.de/Tours2012/Tours2012.html Sept. 2-8 – International School of Space Science: Astrophysical and Space Plasmas, L’Aquila,…

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Veteran reunions for September 2012

Posted  September 4, 2012

Sept. 3-5: 3rd A&E Pensacola, Fla. For more information, contact Dean Droz at (407) 957-2423 or email deandroz@yahoo.com.   Sept. 5-9: 504th Bomb Group (Tinian, 1945) Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, contact Kaz Barcynski at (252) 637-0587 or email mskb134@gmail.com.   Sept. 6-8: 20th Air Force (Guam) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact Rose Penrod…

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NASA Curiosity rover begins eastbound trek on Martian surface

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) Aug. 28, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s…

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XCOR plans to continue operations at Mojave Air & Space Port

Posted  September 4, 2012

Aug. 23, XCOR Aerospace announced they will be starting operations in Florida. That announcement, and an earlier one regarding operations in Midland, Texas, raised concerns about the future of XCOR at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. According to Andrew Nelson, XCOR’s chief operating officer, “We will have Mojave as an operational site…

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Military advisers reflect on Vietnam War experiences

Posted  September 4, 2012

Two former military advisers who served with Vietnamese units during the Vietnam War spoke about their experiences in the Pentagon Aug. 28 and shared their thoughts on advisory programs and counterinsurgency operations. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni and retired Army Lt. Col. James Willbanks took part in a panel discussion on “Advisers in the…

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