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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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Defense

AFFTC to be re-designated as Air Force Test Center

Posted  July 9, 2012

The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., will be re-designated as the Air Force Test Center during a ceremony July 13. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, will preside over the ceremony. During the ceremony, the 95th Air Base Wing will transition to the 412th Test…

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Space

Goldman to retire as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted  July 9, 2012

Arthur E. “Gene” Goldman, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is retiring from the agency to accept a management position at Aerojet in Huntsville, effective Aug. 3. Robin Henderson, Marshall’s associate director, will serve as acting center director following his departure. His departure ends a 22-year career with NASA that began…

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Health & Safety

Conduct code for unmanned aircraft is unveiled

Posted  July 5, 2012

A trade group for drone aircraft manufacturers and operators has released the industry's first code of conduct in response to growing...

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World

Two RAF Tornado jets crash, searching for pilots

Posted  July 5, 2012

Two RAF Tornado jets crashed July 3 in Scotland and the British military was searching for the wreckage, officials said. One Royal Air Force crewmember has died and two others are believed dead, British officials said July 4. The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth,…

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Air National Guard announces C-130 crash victims

Posted  July 5, 2012

Four airmen died and two others were seriously injured when a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules crashed July 1 while fighting a woodland fire in southwestern South Dakota. Dead are Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, 42, of Mooresville, N.C.; Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, 36, of Belmont, N.C.; Maj. Ryan S. David, 35, of…

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News Briefs – July 5, 2012

Posted  July 5, 2012

Iran says launches long-range missiles in exercise Iran’s official news agency official IRNA reports that the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards unit has launched several missiles in a military exercise. The July 3 report says the missiles, including long-range ones capable of hitting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, successfully hit their targets. Iran holds several…

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Commander qualifies in the F-22, confident in Raptor

Posted  July 5, 2012

Air Combat Command's senior airman completed F-22 Raptor pilot qualification recently, reinforcing his personal stake in the Air Force's efforts to identify the root cause of unexplained physiological incidents...

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Business

Northrop Grumman to supply platform management system for U.K. Royal Navy’s next Astute-Class submarine

Posted  July 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply the Platform Management System for the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute-class submarine, Anson. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit will supply the PMS for Astute Boat 5 under a performance partnering arrangement with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarine. BAE Systems will install the PMS equipment, which controls and monitors the submarine’s…

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Space

Lockheed Martin-built VINASAT-2 begins service

Posted  July 5, 2012

The VINASAT-2 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group of Vietnam, is now ready for service following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. “VINASAT-2 will join VINASAT-1 to form a satellite network, helping to improve the business capabilities, safety and reliability of the Vietnam…

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AgustaWestland completes Armed Aerial Scout flight demonstrations

Posted  July 5, 2012

AgustaWestland North America, Inc. completed a week of flight demonstrations for the U.S. Army as it moves forward with its Armed Aerial Scout program. AgustaWestland performed the Armed Aerial...

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