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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Callaway Defense

AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Aerospace fans get the right stuff.

Posted  April 30, 2014

The Flight Test Historical Foundation hosted an SR-71 and U-2 50-Year Cold War Commemoration at Blackbird Airpark at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., where aerospace enthusiasts ignored the wind to collect autographs of men they have read about in history books.

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Gary Sinise delivers check for OATH

Posted  April 30, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Actor/musician Gary Sinise donates $60,000 to Lancaster High School OATH (Operation All The Way Home), a nonprofit student-led organization that raised more than $182,000 in less than one year to build wounded warrior Army Spec. Jerral Hancock a new home. History teacher Jamie Goodreau invited Hancock to speak to her…

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NASA Aeronautics set to premiere high-flying sequel

Posted  April 30, 2014

NASA photograph by Lori Losey The HU-25C Guardian aircraft will look like this when it flies behind NASA’s DC-8 as seen in this image from ACCESS I flights in 2013. It’s the season for sequels. Not only in Hollywood, but over the high desert of California as well. For the second time in as many…

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NASA selects three new flight directors to lead mission control

Posted  April 30, 2014

NASA has selected three new flight directors to manage International Space Station operations. Amit Kshatriya, Jeffery Radigan and Zebulon Scoville join a select group of human spaceflight leaders in the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA’s flight directors lead teams of flight controllers, support personnel and…

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News Briefs April 30, 2014

Posted  April 30, 2014

Midland, Texas,-based CAF moving headquarters to Dallas A vintage military aviation group known for its historic planes, air shows and education will move its headquarters from West Texas to Dallas. Officials with the nonprofit Commemorative Air Force on Tuesday announced plans to relocate to city-operated Dallas Executive Airport. The CAF is currently based at Midland…

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Upcoming events, May 2014

Posted  May 1, 2014

May 2 – Lecture: The Characterization of the Gamma-Ray Signal from the Central Milky Way – A Compelling Case for Annihilating Dark Matter, Ithaca, N.Y. May 2-4 – Workshop for Science Teachers: Astronomy from the Ground Up!, Parkes, Australia May 3 – Lecture: KickSat – Final Preparation, London, United Kingdom May 5-6 – Workshop: New…

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Headlines April 30, 2014

Posted  May 1, 2014

News: House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget – In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries.  New U.S. stealth jet…

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NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

Posted  May 2, 2014

NASA announced April 30 the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. The selected companies…

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Boeing delivers second Peace Eagle aircraft to Turkey

Posted  May 2, 2014

Turkish Aerospace Industries photograph Boeing this week delivered, on schedule, the second Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft to the Turkish Armed Forces, further improving the country’s self-defense capabilities. The AEW&C aircraft arrived at Konya Air Base, the fleet’s main operating base. The first Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft was delivered Jan. 31, and…

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Lockheed Martin marks significant milestone in research, development for unmanned technologies

Posted  May 2, 2014

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that customers have enjoyed with…

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