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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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Military looks to place quick forces after Libya

Posted  February 11, 2013

The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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Northrop Grumman AAQ-37 sensor system demonstrates hostile fire detection capability

Posted  February 11, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s AN/AAQ-37 Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System, developed for the F-35 Lightning II, has added hostile ground fire detection to its capabilities by successfully detecting and locating tanks that were firing live rounds during preparations for a military exercise. While being flown on Northrop Grumman’s BAC 1-11 test aircraft, the DAS detected and located tank…

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Ramstein airmen train with Israeli air force

Posted  February 11, 2013

The 86th Airlift Wing and 435th Contingency Response Group conducted a Flying Training Deployment with the Israeli air force's 103rd Squadron Jan. 27 to Feb. 8 at Nevatim Air Force Base, Israel.

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Headlines: February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

News Looming U.S. defense budget cuts lead to uncertainty for deploying members of military With family members waving from a pier, sailors aboard a Navy destroyer left for an overseas mission with more uncertainty than ever about their homecoming as potentially massive budget cuts reshape military plans.   Business Airbus studies dropping Li-Ion battery for…

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News Briefs February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

787 battery approval should be reconsidered A top federal safety official says the U.S. government should reconsider its approval of the kind of batteries used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner because they can explode into fires, a specter that manufacturer testing did not pick up. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Feb. 7…

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GOP lawmakers offer alternative to automatic cuts

Posted  February 8, 2013

A group of GOP lawmakers from House and Senate Feb. 6 offered a plan to cut the federal workforce and use the savings to replace some $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs. The legislation reprises a plan offered last year that failed to advance. House Armed Services Committee Chairman…

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Kennedy flame to receive upgrades

Posted  February 8, 2013

USACE photograph by Kerry L. Solan The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District awarded a Maryland company a contract, Jan. 31, to upgrade the John F. Kennedy eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Meltech Corporation Inc., of Landover, Md., will be responsible for performing the approximately $350,000 upgrade to the flame in early…

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Lawmakers fault plan for veterans’ health records

Posted  February 8, 2013

Congressional leaders overseeing veterans’ issues criticized Feb. 6 a decision by the Obama administration to move away from building a new computer system for storing the health records of troops and veterans. The Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to merge their health records so that doctors can track a patient’s health history…

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NASA TELESCOPES DISCOVER STROBE-LIKE FLASHES IN A SUSPECTED BINARY PROTOSTAR

Posted  February 8, 2013

[Left] This is a false-color, infrared-light Spitzer image of LRLL 54361 inside the star-forming region IC 348 located 950 light-years away. The Spitzer Space Telescope discovered an unusual variable object that has the typical signature of a protostar. The object emits a burst of light every 25.34 days. [Center] This Hubble Space Telescope monochromatic-color image…

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NASA awards space station mission operations, integration services contract

Posted  February 8, 2013

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., for its International Space Station mission operations and integration contract. The cost-plus-award-fee services contract is valued at about $120.1 million and has a potential performance period of five years. The contract begins March 1 with an 18-month base period, followed by three one-year options and…

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