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Richard Branson welcomes astronauts home from Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight

History was made and a long-anticipated dream realized in Mojave, Calif., Dec. 13 as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from her maiden spaceflight to cheers from Sir Richard Branson and the teams from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company.

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DOD Scaling Up Effort to Develop Hypersonics

The Defense Department is looking to step up its development of hypersonic weapons -- missiles that travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound -- DOD leaders said at the National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored "Hypersonics Senior Executive Series" in Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2018.

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Dec. 16 marks anniversary of Vandenberg’s first nuclear-capable launch

On Nov. 6, an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., down the Western Test Range over the Pacific Ocean.

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Northrop Grumman successfully tests Orion spacecraft’s launch abort motor

Northrop Grumman along with NASA and Lockheed Martin successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Promontory, Utah.

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Exoskeleton event brings teams together to advance exoskeleton technology

Several key organizations recently came together to advance exoskeleton technology for the Soldier during an intensive three-day Operations and Maneuver and Technology Interchange meeting.


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Defense

Air Force proposes to base F-35s at Tyndall AFB

Posted  December 10, 2018

Following the damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., caused by Hurricane Michael, the Air Force is recommending that Congress use supplemental funding for rebuilding the base to prepare to receive the F-35 Lighenting II fighter at the north Florida installation.

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Boeing on contract for second Japanese KC-46 tanker

Posted  December 10, 2018

The U.S. Air Force has exercised the option for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s second Boeing KC-46 tanker through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) process. Boeing was awarded the initial FMS contract for Japan’s first KC-46 aircraft and miscellaneous logistics services in December 2017 following the Japan Ministry of Defense’s KC-X aerial refueling competition. “Japan’s…

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B-21 Raider program holds weapons system critical design review

Posted  December 10, 2018

The U.S. Air Force successfully held a critical design review of the B-21 weapon system November 28-30, 2018. The event served as a multi-disciplined technical review that ensured the Air Force’s newest bomber has a stable and mature design as the program moves forward into manufacturing and flight test. According to Air Force leadership, the…

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Space

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

Posted  December 10, 2018

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station Dec. 8, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the cargo carrier,…

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Australia F-35s leave in historic launch

Posted  December 10, 2018

The Royal Australian Air Force launched two F-35A Lightning II’s Dec. 3, starting the multi-day journey to a historic arrival in Australia.

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