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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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ATTREX campaign: Into the stratosphere for better climate science

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA is about to begin a multi-year airborne science campaign to investigate unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere and how its chemistry is changing Earth in a warming climate.

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NASA’s TDRS Flight 6, Built by Northrop Grumman, marks 20 years on orbit

Posted  January 25, 2013

The sixth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, surpassing its design life by a decade.

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World’s most powerful engine blazes path for Space Launch System advanced propulsion

Posted  January 25, 2013

To help develop the nation¹s future heavy lift rocket, NASA resurrected the world’s most powerful rocket engine ever flown – the mighty F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket – and test fired it’s gas generator today at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers ran the gas generator at the Marshall…

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Lockheed Martin names executive VP for Space Systems and executive VP IS&GS

Posted  January 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s board of directors has approved the appointment of Rick F. Ambrose, 54, to executive vice president of its Space Systems business, and Sondra L. Barbour, 50, to EVP of its Information Systems & Global Solutions business. The appointments are effective April 1, and follow announcements that Joanne Maguire, 58, EVP, Space Systems, and…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Symbol of Argentina’s decaying navy sinks in port Argentina’s defense chief says he’s ashamed over the sinking of a mothballed Navy destroyer, an incident that critics say reflects the abandonment of a once-proud fleet. The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been used for spare parts. The Navy said…

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US planes deliver French troops to Mali

Posted  January 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. James Richardson French soldiers march to a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of missions in the Republic of Mali in January 2013. The United States agreed to help France airlift troops and equipment into Mali. The U.S. Air Force began transporting French soldiers and military equipment Jan….

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Tunisia’s First C-130J Sees Daylight

Posted  January 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen Lockheed Martin has completed painting the first of two Tunisian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules. Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s. The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk supports studies on climate change

Posted  January 25, 2013

PALMDALE, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk is now conducting science missions to study the impact of atmospheric change on the Earth’s climate. The Global Hawk is collecting data and helping scientists learn more about the humidity and chemical composition of air entering the tropical tropopause layer of the atmosphere and its impact…

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418th FLTS prepares to test India’s first C-17 at Edwards

Posted  January 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft built for the Indian Air Force touches down on Runway 22L. The 418th Flight Test Squadron will begin aircraft inspection and routine flight testing for the next two months. With Boeing’s completion of the Indian Air Force’s first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft in early January…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation congratulates CyberPatriot V finalists

Posted  January 25, 2013

The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot V, announced today that 28 teams have successfully battled through three rounds of virtual competition to advance to the national finals showdown in Washington, D.C., March 14-16. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high…

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