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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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News Briefs April 23, 2014

Posted  April 23, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least…

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Headlines April 23, 2014

Posted  April 23, 2014

News: U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia – After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said.  Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea – U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of…

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NASA’s Spitzer, WISE telescopes find close, cold neighbor of sun

Posted  April 25, 2014

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known - a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

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Blackbird Airpark open house set for April 26

Posted  April 25, 2014

The Flight Test Historical Foundation will be hosting an SR-71 and U-2 50-Year Cold War Commemoration 10 a.m.,-4 p.m., April 26 at Blackbird Airpark located at Air Force Plant 42. The Airpark is at 2509 East Ave. P in Palmdale. The main feature of this event will be a “meet-and-greet” with Robert Gilliland, a Lockheed…

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Northrop Grumman completes PDR for B-2 bomber software upgrade

Posted  April 25, 2014

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a major U.S. Air Force review of a new software upgrade for the B-2 stealth bomber. The upgrade is part of the Air Force’s Flexible Strike Phase 1 program. It is the first step in a process that will help increase the jet’s mission capabilities and reduce its maintenance costs….

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High school students create winning design for NASA’s first flight of Orion

Posted  April 25, 2014

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge.

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Engine test facility upgrade improves exhaust handling efficiency

Posted  April 25, 2014

Military and commercial aircraft engine developers rely on simulated altitude testing conducted at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s, or AEDC, engine test facility, or ETF for their research and development of engine capabilities. The condition of the test facility determines the quality of the test and there is an ongoing upgrade project for two of the intercoolers…

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173rd conducts unscheduled training with Latvian Army

Posted  April 25, 2014

Approximately 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy, arrived in Latvia April 24, to conduct small unit and leader training with members of the Latvian Army.

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Lockheed Martin to develop weapons grade fiber laser for U.S. Army field test

Posted  April 25, 2014

– The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $25 million contract to design, build and test a 60-kilowatt electric laser to be integrated and tested in a truck-mounted weapon system demonstrator. The laser weapon is designed to significantly improve the warfighters’ ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats. Under a contract managed…

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in NASA’s Hubble archive

Posted  April 25, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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