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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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Martian crater once may have held groundwater-fed lake

Posted  January 21, 2013

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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Historic Los Alamitos base now home to state-of-the-art Army Reserve headquarters

Posted  January 21, 2013

The 79th Sustainment Support Command officially opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters facility on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Jan. 12. Hosting fellow Soldiers, civic leaders and community members was Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., 79th SSC commander. “The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve Soldiers,”…

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Air Force begins testing new pod capability

Posted  January 21, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Maj. Olivia Elliott, of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, examines the LITENING II advanced targeting pod mounted on her A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a test mission Jan. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Her mission was to wrap up flight testing of the new Net-T software…

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Air Force Space Command to bolster cyber force

Posted  January 21, 2013

Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for fiscal 2014, the command’s chief said Jan. 17. Speaking with reporters at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Gen. William L. Shelton said direction for the hires would come from…

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Northrop Grumman to host industry cay in support of its Air and Missile Defense Radar program offering

Posted  January 21, 2013

Northrop Grumman is seeking innovative U.S.-based defense electronics suppliers interested in supporting its open architecture for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar program. Gloria Flach, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, will host an AMDR Industry Day on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the company’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters…

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Aviation technology advances, FAA tries to keep up

Posted  January 21, 2013

The battery that caught fire in the Japan Airlines 787 in Boston was not overcharged, but government investigators said Jan. 20 there could still be problems with wiring or other charging components. An examination of the flight data recorder indicated that the battery didn’t exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts, the National Transportation Safety…

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NASA announces space station science challenge winners

Posted  January 21, 2013

Students from two schools, one in Iowa and the other in New York, are the winners of the International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge, NASA announced Jan. 21. Challenge winners from North Tama Elementary in Traer, Iowa, and Madison Elementary in Massena, N.Y., are being inspired to learn more about the space station’s cutting-edge research…

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Aerojet’s AJ26 Engine Completes Successful Hot Fire in Support of Antares(TM) Rocket

Posted  January 21, 2013

Courtesy Photo The AJ26 engine completes successful hot fire test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today that its AJ26 engine successfully completed a hot fire test this evening at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB), Aerojet and NASA monitored…

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AEDC engineers’ AIAA award-winning technical paper sets stage for future hypersonic program test capability

Posted  January 21, 2013

An American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics award-winning technical paper, authored by Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Tom Fetterhoff and Wade Burfitt, represents a significant stepping stone to the future of hypersonic weapons system program development. The AIAA Hypersonics Program Committee recently selected “Overview of the Advanced Propulsion Test Technology Hypersonic Aero Propulsion Clean Air Testbed…

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Boeing rejects SPEEA offer, makes ‘final’offer

Posted  January 18, 2013

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 is currently in contract talks with Boeing. Talks that will affect union members in Palmdale, Calif., and at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as well as workers in Washington State. Jan. 16, the union proposed incorporating areas of agreement from ongoing negotiations into existing…

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