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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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Veteran Reunions

Posted  February 19, 2014

Feb. 21-23 Vietnam Heli Pilots Assn Ohio River LZ Chapter Louisville, Ky. For more information, contact Bob Hamilton at (502) 845-2914 or email captbob757@aol.com. Feb. 21-23 East Coast All-Seabee Reunion Hampton, Va. For more information, contact Bruce MacDougall at (804) 921-4753 or email seabeemacd40@verizon.net . Feb. 23-25 11th Abn Div Assn Mid-Atlantic Chapter – 11th…

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NASA completes first ATTREX science mission

Posted  February 19, 2014

NASA photograph NASA’s unmanned Global Hawk is pushed out of a hangar on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in preparation for an ATTREX science flight over the Western Pacific. NASA’s Global Hawk No. 872 completed a 17.5-hour science flight Feb. 14, it’s first for the 2014 Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission. The unmanned aircraft,…

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Trimble launches new airborne LiDAR systems

Posted  February 19, 2014

Trimble has announced two new additions to its airborne LiDAR portfolio. The TrimbleÆ AX60i and AX80 are highly capable, versatile systems that meet the demands of aerial survey operators for corridor and wide area mapping projects. The new airborne systems, together with flight planning and analysis software tools, have been designed to provide rapid and…

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LA Air Show night at The Hanger

Posted  February 19, 2014

Courtesy photograph Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers will be performing March 21 at the Lancaster Municipal Stadium hosted by the Jethawks and the Los Angeles County Air Show organization. The Blue Angels and other performers from the air show will be on hand to meet and greet fans. The event will benefit Flight Test…

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NASA Dryden-sponsored tams do well at FIRST tech challenge tourney

Posted  February 19, 2014

Twenty-four FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams from Southern California battled it out in the High Desert FTC tournament at the Desert Christian Schools gymnasium in Lancaster, Calif., Feb. 1.

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USS Taylor runs aground while mooring in Turkey

Posted  February 19, 2014

The Mayport, Fla.,-based frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is being inspected for damage after running aground Feb. 12. The incident occurred as Taylor was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey. Taylor was able to moor without further incident. There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation. Additional information will be released…

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Lockheed Martin team surpasses millionth hour of in-theater airborne surveillance

Posted  February 19, 2014

The Lockheed Martin-built and maintained Persistent Threat Detection System has surpassed 1 million airborne mission hours of providing around-the-clock, 360-degree monitoring and force protection for coalition forces in theater.

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Raytheon demonstrates Griffin Block III missile

Posted  February 19, 2014

Raytheon demonstrated its latest variant of the combat-proven GriffinÆ missile, the Griffin Block III, throughout a series of test shots culminating in several direct hits against a variety of static and moving targets. “The Griffin is already well known for its ability to destroy targets with pin-point accuracy using an advanced GPS and semi-active laser…

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You can run, but you can’t hide

Posted  February 19, 2014

The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects heat sources, successfully completed its first flight aboard an F/A-18 Super Hornet on Feb. 11, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Team Apache Sensors conducts test flight of modernized day sensor assembly on AH-64E

Posted  February 19, 2014

Team Apache Sensors, including the U.S. Army’s Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office and Aviation Flight Test Directorate and Lockheed Martin, conducted a test flight of the Apache AH-64E Modernized Day Sensor Assembly during an event at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 18. The test flight demonstrated the maturity of M-DSA and the enhanced…

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