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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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Northrop Grumman to begin next phase of modernizing B-2 defensive systems

Posted  February 15, 2013

PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman will help drive down costs and speed the availability of new hardware and software upgrades for the B-2 stealth bomber under a recently awarded contract from the U.S. Air Force. The contract covers Technology Development Phase 2 of a multiyear effort by Northrop Grumman to modernize the B-2’s defensive management…

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First F-35 production model takes flight

Posted  February 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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News Briefs February 13, 2013

Posted  February 13, 2013

U.S. military weighs cutbacks in drone programs The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years. It would be both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and new areas of operation – such as east Asia –…

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F-35A completes three-year clean wing flutter testing program

Posted  February 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jetís structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35Aís design. The mission, flown…

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Operation Homecoming for Vietnam POWs marks 40 years

Posted  February 13, 2013

Air Force photograph Newly freed prisoners of war celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973, during Operation Homecoming. The mission included 54 C-141 flights between Feb. 12 and April 4, 1973, returning 591 POWs to American soil. Forty years ago Feb. 12, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet…

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Aerojet Propulsion Systems support successful SM-3 intercept test

Posted  February 13, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its propulsion systems supported the Feb. 13 successful intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided missile off the coast of Hawaii. During the intercept test, Aerojet’s MK 72 booster and MK 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provided first- and second-stage propulsion for the SM-3 Block IA guided…

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Lockheed Martin receives $161 million in contracts for Apache M-TADS/PNVS upgrades

Posted  February 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received two production contracts totaling $161.7 million from the U.S. Army to continue upgrades of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor program for the Apache attack helicopter. The Lot 2 and Lot 3 contracts cover 482 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits and spares. The U.S….

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GA-ASI announces supplier excellence award winners

Posted  February 13, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Feb. 13 that it has honored 43 suppliers with the company’s annual Supplier Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding quality and delivery performance. “Quality products and on-time delivery are critical to the mission success of…

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Boeing, Elbit Systems to collaborate on aircraft defense solutions

Posted  February 13, 2013

Boeing and Elbit Systems Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports the growth of both companies through the joint pursuit of opportunities for self-defense solutions for Boeing military aircraft in international markets. The companies will offer Elbit Systems’ Directed Infrared Counter Measure systems for a range of Boeing military fixed-wing and vertical-lift aircraft….

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations for OCO-2 spacecraft processing

Posted  February 13, 2013

Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced Feb. 12 that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, facility. OCO-2 is the first mission awarded by NASA…

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