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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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Meads successfully intercepts air-breathing target at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Medium Extended Air Defense System detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test Nov. 29 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success. MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily…

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General Dynamics, Rafeal team to produce remote weapon stations

Posted  November 30, 2012

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., are offering the Samson line of Remote Weapons Stations to the U.S. military. These cost-effective and field-proven remote weapons stations allow a gunner to remain protected inside the vehicle while operating a weapon remotely. The larger variant…

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New Earth as Art book illustrates beauty of satellite views

Posted  November 30, 2012

A stunning array of images of our home planet, taken by Earth-observing science satellites, are featured in a new NASA publication. The book, “Earth as Art,” is available in hardcover, electronically, and as a free iPad application. The 158-page book celebrates the aesthetic beauty of Earth in the patterns, shapes, colors and textures of the…

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Boeing hopes defense cuts would spare tanker

Posted  November 30, 2012

Boeing expects its new tanker for the U.S. Air Force to be untouched by cuts in defense spending next year, its top defense executive said Nov. 29. Defense contractors have been getting ready for automatic defense cuts that are a part of the so-called fiscal cliff that starts in January if Washington lawmakers can’t strike…

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U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon to develop future Protected SATCOM System

Posted  November 30, 2012

Raytheon has been was awarded a $8.7 million from the U.S. Air Force to participate in development of the future protected tactical military satellite communication system. The Air Force’s objective is to identify cost effective architectures and component development paths for the future SATCOM system that will follow the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system. Raytheon…

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Possible cause for Taurus payload fairing shroud failure

Posted  November 30, 2012

Continued analysis of the payload fairing failure to split and detach from the Orbital Taurus XL launch vehicle has fingered the possible cause. The heat-treated frangible rail designed to fracture when a pyrotechnic charge is detonated post-launch to shed the rocketís payload-fairing shroud has problems. There are potentially some extrusion problems with the way that…

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Orbital Antares rocket cold flow test expected soon

Posted  November 30, 2012

Orbital Sciences’ Antares space launch vehicle is being developed to carry cargo payloads to and from the International Space Station under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract. Its first stage is powered by two Aerojet AJ26-62 LOX/kerosene engines, and the second stage is an ATK Castor 30B. It will be test fired from the…

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Carter outlines U.S. security strategy in tight-budget era

Posted  November 30, 2012

In a speech at Duke University, Durham, N.C., Nov. 29, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter outlined new security strategies and challenges that he said will define the nationís future in a post-war era of fiscal constraint. Carter said the need to keep the departmentís ìfiscal house in orderî after more than a decade of…

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AIAA partners with three aerospace organizations to offer continuing education courses

Posted  November 30, 2012

AERO Institute, National Institute of Aerospace, and Ohio Aerospace Institute Partner with AIAA   The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has partnered with the AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif., the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va., and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, to expand its offerings of continuing education stand-alone courses for aerospace professionals….

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War contractor: Feds should pay lawsuit damages

Posted  November 30, 2012

An Iraq war contractor that lost an $85 million verdict to a group of sickened U.S. soldiers has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay the soldiers’ damages. In early November, 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers won the verdict against Kellogg Brown and Root, an engineering and construction firm that helped…

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