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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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NASA, Planetary Resources sign agreement to crowd source asteroid detection

Posted  November 22, 2013

NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and…

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NASA spacecraft begins collecting lunar atmosphere data

Posted  November 22, 2013

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator — a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope…

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Northrop Grumman selected for Air Force’s Joint Threat Emitter follow-on production program

Posted  November 22, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $219 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the Joint Threat Emitter Follow-On Production program. The contract includes a $44 million initial award that includes foreign military sales. Under the terms of the program, Northrop Grumman will produce, test and deliver JTE first article production units. The company…

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Boeing delivers third P-8I to India

Posted  November 22, 2013

The third Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy arrived Nov. 22 in India, on schedule. The aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Station Rajali, where it joined two P-8Is currently undergoing flight trials and testing. The first P-8I arrived in India in May. The P-8I is…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite successfully communicates with GPS constellation

Posted  November 22, 2013

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite, the GPS III, recently proved it was backward-compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit.

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Navy Awards General Dynamics $17 million for support Services at Groton Submarine Base

Posted  November 22, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contract modifications worth a total value of $16.8 million to perform nuclear and non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $8.8 million, Electric Boat…

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Raytheon delivers first High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification units

Posted  November 22, 2013

Raytheon has delivered the first order of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification upgrade units to the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. “HCSM improves mission effectiveness and significantly reduces the risk of collateral damage,” said Jack Roosa, HARM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The HCSM upgrade to the previously fielded HARM inventory adds…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted  November 22, 2013

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers and…

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Baker’s dozen!

Posted  November 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered its 13th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 21. Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant, director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., officially delivered aircraft tail number 85-0004 to the…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

EU president says no military solution in Syria EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke Nov. 21 following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has…

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