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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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XCOR releases payload users guide for Lynx suborbital vehicle

Posted  July 25, 2012

XCOR Aerospace announced July 24 that the Lynx suborbital vehicle's Payload User's Guide is now available online from XCOR's website at http://www.xcor.com/contact/pug.

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Gray Eagle UAS achieves 10,000 automated takeoffs and landings

Posted  July 25, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that its Gray Eagle® UAS has reached...

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Veteran recalls leadership lessons gained in Korean War

Posted  July 25, 2012

The young Marine Corps second lieutenant was apprehensive at first about “making the grade” with his troops during the Korean War, but he soon won the respect of his platoon. Retired Lt. Gen. Vernon “Mick” Trainor’s first assignment was during the winter campaign of the war in 1951-52 as a replacement officer in charge of…

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Boeing ships third GPS IIF satellite to Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted  July 25, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing shipped the third of 12 Global Positioning System IIF satellites for the U.S. Air Force from the company’s Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III airlifter July 9. SVN-65 is scheduled to be launched in the fourth…

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15th Annual RoboSub Competition wraps up in San Diego

Posted  July 25, 2012

The Office of Naval Research in conjunction with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International sponsored the 15th annual RoboSub competition hosted at the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Transducer Evaluation Center in San Diego, July 17-22.

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ATK to provide key components for DARPA Phoenix satellite repurposing program

Posted  July 25, 2012

ATK has been selected as a key participant to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tactical Technologies Office Phoenix Technologies Program. The Phoenix Program is developing technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites in geosynchronous orbit. The planned repurposing of these satellite components such as antennas represents the…

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Raytheon to upgrade Army’s Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System

Posted  July 25, 2012

Raytheon has received an $81 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop and produce a new version of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System. It will provide general and fires command and control capabilities to ground forces, from mission planning to execution. The contract extends over a 24-month period, with an $18 million,…

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CalVet awards $270,000 to county veteran offices

Posted  July 25, 2012

The California Department of Veterans Affairs announced July 24 that it will award a total of $270,000 to County Veteran Service Offices in six counties.

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ONR’s Naval S&T partnership conference registration opens

Posted  July 25, 2012

The Office of Naval Research opened online registration July 24 for its biennial Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference, to take place this fall. “This conference is one of ONR’s signature events,” said Dr. Walter F. Jones, ONR’s executive director. “It provides an ideal forum to bring forth ideas-the necessary basis for advancing all naval…

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Boeing, Aeromexico announce commitment for 100 airplanes

Posted  July 25, 2012

Boeing announced July 25 a commitment by Aeromexico to purchase up to 100 single- and twin-aisle airplanes - a combination of 737 MAXs and 787 Dreamliners - in an agreement that will fuel the airline's expansion.

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