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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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RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completes first ship-based flight

Posted  February 15, 2013

Navy photograph The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy’s RQ-21A Small…

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DOD announces the Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Department of Defense announced Feb. 13 the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal to recognize a service member’s extraordinary achievements directly impacting combat operations. Modern technology enables service members with special training and capabilities to more directly and precisely impact military operations at times far from the battlefield. The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be…

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Bagram airmen move Marmal

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Chris Willis Airmen from 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, Detachment 3, load pallets onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, Jan 30, 2013. Airmen belonging to the 455th EAPS are charged with unloading and loading every aircraft carrying supplies or personnel into and out of Camp Marmal supporting…

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Nellis prepares for F-35 arrival

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., is preparing for the arrival of four F-35 Lighting IIs Feb. 28.Arrival of the F-35s at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., will mark the first time in the aircraft's history operational tests will be performed on the aircraft.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete successful PDR of AOC modernization program

Posted  February 15, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed the preliminary design review for the Air Operations Center Weapon System program. The successful review allows the AOC WS program to enter the detailed design phase. The program modernizes the Air Force’s essential operational-level command and control centers to increase operational effectiveness and reduce costs….

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Lockheed Martin’s JASSM completes Lot 6 reliability assessment program testing

Posted  February 15, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile recently completed Reliability Assessment Program Lot 6 testing with two final flights.The tests met success criteria and demonstrated the effectiveness of hardware enhancements to Lot 6 missiles. In the first test, a B-52 at the Utah Test and Training Range released a JASSM from 35,000 feet traveling at Mach…

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Raytheon/Thales team wins contract for helicopter helmet mounted displays

Posted  February 15, 2013

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon, together with teammate Thales Visionix Inc., has won an award valued at $3.5 million for the engineering and manufacturing development of Common Helmet Mounted Display systems for the U.S. Army’s Air Soldier Program. Under the contract, the RTSC/TVI team will perform systems engineering to adapt TVI’s…

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Magnetic levitation track reaches new world record in speed

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 846th Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., successfully performed its most ambitious test to date on the magnetic levitation track at here, Feb. 7. Members of the 846th were able to use the Maglev track in conjunction with a new propulsion system to reach an astounding speed of more than 500 miles…

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U.S. military weighs cuts, shifts in drone programs

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down. Air Force leaders are saying the military may already…

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Sequestration would demonstrate failure of resolve

Posted  February 15, 2013

If Congress fails to de-trigger the sequestration mechanism in budget law that will impose across-the-board defense spending cuts March 1, it could demonstrate to allies and enemies that the United States lacks the resolve, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Feb. 14. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Carter warned of the consequences of…

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