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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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DOD, VA to speed integration of health records

Posted  February 6, 2013

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki address reporters after meeting at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Feb. 4, 2013. The secretaries announced that Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will accelerate the timetable to enable service members to transfer their electronic health care…

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Army laboratories collaborate on octopus-inspired suction cups

Posted  February 6, 2013

Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis can unveil points of weakness in man-made infrastructure, and now robots are being called in to help. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are developing suction cups that could be placed on robots…

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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the software’s ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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Air Force increases projected KC-46 flying hours, crew ratio

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Air Force has increased planned life-cycle flying hours and aircrews assigned to the new KC-46A refueling tanker to make optimal use of the commercially-proven aircraft’s fuel efficiency, cargo and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. Compared to the Eisenhower-era KC-135 Stratotanker, the KC-46 is projected to have improved fuel efficiency, a greater fuel capacity, and much more…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to create new robotics teams worldwide

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced a partnership to establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in locations worldwide and support the program’s outreach. In addition, the partnership will support the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20, an event that will attract more than…

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Former program manager returns to DARPA to lead Tactical Technology Office

Posted  February 6, 2013

Many things drive scientists and technologists from across multiple disciplines to join DARPA as program managers and technical office directors. The most common theme, however, is service to country. At DARPA, these visionaries are charged with creating and preventing technological surprise in support of U.S. national security. For Bradford Tousley, a former DARPA program manager…

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New water jets could propel LCS to greater speeds

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Navy’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship, Milwaukee, will be the first to benefit from new high-power density water jets aimed at staving off rudder and propeller damage experienced on high-speed ships. The product of an Office of Naval Research Future Naval Capabilities program, the waterjets arrived last month at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin,…

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F-22 pilot physician takes safety to new heights

Posted  February 6, 2013

Courtesy photograph Lt. Col. (Dr.) Jay Flottmann, a former flight surgeon and now fully qualified F-22 Raptor pilot and 325th Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, shown here with an F-15 Eagle, is the first pilot-physician to drive the F-22. Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in…

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Javelin demonstrates extended range capability in recent tests

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the ability of the Javelin missile to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements during a series of tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters. “These tests prove…

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Economy, military shape U.S. Iran strategy

Posted  February 6, 2013

President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say. But America’s economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that…

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