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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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Odyssey Systems one of five awarded $851 million ETASS II contract

Posted  October 22, 2012

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group is one of five contractors awarded the “Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services II” contract to provide support to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The ceiling value of the contract is $851million over a five-year period of performance. The Odyssey Systems-led team will provide a broad range of…

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Elbit Systems U.S. subsidiary awarded order for Apache Longbow mission processor redesign, upgrade

Posted  October 22, 2012

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Oct. 21 that Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems has been awarded a $17.5 million contract by Boeing to redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D Mission Processor over a five-year period. The Mission Processor will provide the Apache Block III avionics and mission equipment…

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New TOW missile achieves 100th direct hit in latest testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon and the U.S. Army achieved excellence in recent flight tests of the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless missile. In September, the team scored its 100th TOW hit, which marked the successful engagement of 100 out of 100 targets. During the testing program, which began in 2011, several missiles hit targets beyond 4,000 meters with zero inches…

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Honeywell’s Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material to improve U.S. Army helicopter armor

Posted  October 22, 2012

Honeywell announced Oct. 22 that its Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material will be used to improve armor protection on U.S. Army helicopters. The Protective Group, Inc., a leading developer and integrator of lightweight composite armor for military aircraft, is incorporating Spectra Shield material into armor upgrades for U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters….

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Army chooses Raytheon to provide Thermal Weapon Sights

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon photograph Thermal Weapon Sights: Raytheon Company was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so soldiers can better detect and engage targets day or night. In a competition against two other suppliers, Raytheon was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so…

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Boeing EMARSS risk reduction prototype makes first flight

Posted  October 22, 2012

Boeing completed the first flight of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype aircraft Oct. 6, a critical step required to support a comprehensive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration flight test program. The aircraft, a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER, has been modified to replicate the design of the EMARSS aircraft’s external…

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Raytheon’s BattleGuard(r) demonstrates accuracy of target identification and engagement

Posted  October 22, 2012

During a recent test at Fort Benning, Ga., Raytheon’s BattleGuard modular weapon station struck targets with every burst of ammunition fired, proving its precision engagement capability under both stationary and moving engagement scenarios. The maturity of the BattleGuard system was demonstrated at a live-fire exercise on an A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle by engaging troop and…

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Air Force releases RFP for next search and rescue helicopter

Posted  October 22, 2012

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced Oct. 22 the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Request for Proposal to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach. It also includes specific…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin completes pad escape test

Posted  October 22, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Oct. 19 at the company’s West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module. The test was part of Blue Origin’s work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during…

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Northrop Grumman unveils MAV-L ground mobility vehicle for U.S. Special Forces competition

Posted  October 22, 2012

Northrop Grumman unveiled its offering for the U.S. Special Forces Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light. Northrop Grumman teamed with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering for…

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