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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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Westphal: Collaboration with industry saves Army money

Posted  October 24, 2012

Army photograph by SSgt. Bernardo Fuller Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal discusses the value of collaborating with industry on best business practices. Industry forums such as this week’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition can save the Army money through collaboration on best business practices, service officials said. “Whether you’re…

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VA awards more than $47 million for state, tribal veterans cemeteries

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the award of 18 grants totaling $47,462,135 to 15 states and one tribal government to establish new Veterans cemeteries and to expand or improve others. “VA is committed to helping state and tribal Veterans cemeteries meet national shrine standards and honor Veterans with dignified burials,” said Secretary of…

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Orbital awarded Air Force contract for EAGLE spacecraft platform

Posted  October 24, 2012

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Oct. 24 that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded the company a $32 million contract to develop an experimental maneuverable spacecraft platform that will be capable of hosting multiple payloads and operating in low- and geosynchronous orbit. The five-year contract began in the third quarter of…

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Edwards F-35A completes first AIM-120 AMRAAM internal weapons release

Posted  October 24, 2012

An F-35A test aircraft, flown by U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Phillips, completed the first aerial weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from a conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, Oct. 19. The aircraft, known as AF-1 and based at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., jettisoned the instrumented AIM-120 over the China…

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Army, DOD must adjust to budget, force structure changes

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Army will continue to customize its mission objectives based on budget and force structure changes, a senior defense official said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22 during the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference. Todd Harvey, director of force development for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, said a defense strategy drafted…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates JAGM dual-mode seeker in high-speed captive flight tests

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin successfully tested its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile dual-mode seeker in high-speed captive flight tests, demonstrating its ability to track ground targets while flying at tactical speeds. The company-funded tests were conducted on a Sabreliner jet at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The data collected from the tests validated the maximum ranges of the seeker’s millimeter…

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Army test proves JLENS can target swarming boats

Posted  October 24, 2012

Early results from a recent U.S. Army test proved the Raytheon produced JLENS can provide target-quality data on swarming boats to a variety of defense command networks in real time. “JLENS gives commanders more time and distance to counter dangers like swarming boats because it can detect threats from hundreds of miles away and upload…

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ARL celebrates 20th Anniversary

Posted  October 24, 2012

October 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. In October 1992, ARL was formed, emerging out of the Base Realignment and Closure process and other evaluations. The new lab consolidated the seven corporate labs of the Laboratory Command with other Army research elements to form a centralized laboratory focused on scientific…

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Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach hosts native plant restoration event

Posted  October 24, 2012

More than 100 volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day with a native plant restoration event onboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., Oct. 20. The event was made possible by a grant from the Department of Defense Legacy Program, intended to improve the wildlife habitat on base and involve the public. “It’s a chance for…

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ATK to develop MegaFlex((tm)) solar array structure

Posted  October 24, 2012

ATK’s MegaFlex(tm) solar array was recently selected by NASA’s Space Technology Program under a Game Changing Technology competition for development of the promising lightweight and compact solar array structure. ATK received a $6.4 million contract for the MegaFlex(tm) development. MegaFlex(tm), under development by ATK’s Space Components Division in Goleta, Calif., is designed specifically to meet…

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