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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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Army engineers develop chargers for phones, laptops in combat

Posted  October 19, 2012

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner A team of U.S. Army engineers are developing new battery chargers for smartphones, tablet computers and laptops for deployed Soldiers without access to a traditional electrical grid. They have engineered and built prototypes for 8-port, 4-port, and 2-port USB chargers, as well as an AC/USB adapter – all of which…

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JLTV program moves into EMD phase

Posted  October 19, 2012

Courtesy photograph The AM General BRV-O vehicle is one of three in the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase. The U.S. Army-led Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV program, is beginning a 33-month Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, also known as EMD. The EMD phase is designed to test and…

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Airman dies during training at Florida base

Posted  October 18, 2012

The U.S. Air Force says an airman died during survival training at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. The Air Force confirmed Oct. 17 that Maj. Garrett Knowlan died last week during a four-day, water-survival course. Knowlan was a 2002 graduate of the Air Force Academy and a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Test…

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Raytheon tapped by ONR to develop hybrid power generator technology for the Marine Corps

Posted  October 18, 2012

Raytheon was awarded a contract from the Office of Naval Research to develop next-generation hybrid tactical generator technology for the U.S. Marine Corps. Through the Hybrid Dish/Engine Expeditionary Generator (HyDE-2G) program, ONR aims to save at least 40 percent on fuel costs compared with those of diesel fuel generators typically used to support expeditionary operations…

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Northrop Grumman Remotec to begin delivering Titus robot in December

Posted  October 18, 2012

Northrop Grumman's subsidiary Remotec Inc. will begin deliveries in December of Titus(tm), the newest and smallest member of its Andros(tm) line of unmanned ground vehicles.

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The Spaceship Company now fully owned by Virgin Galactic

Posted  October 18, 2012

Virgin Galactic has taken 100 percent ownership of its sister company, The Spaceship Company, by acquiring the 30 percent stake held by Scaled Composites since TSC’s formation under a joint venture with Virgin Galactic in mid-2005. Financial terms have not been released. This acquisition marks the successful completion of a long-term strategy and signifies the…

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Raytheon awarded $45 million MK 54 torpedo contract

Posted  October 18, 2012

Raytheon has been awarded a $45.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK 54 lightweight torpedo hardware, test equipment, spares and related engineering and repair services for U.S. fleet inventory and in support of foreign military sales to the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy. The award represents an exercised option of a current…

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Army fields next-generation radarby Kris Osborn Army News Service

Posted  October 18, 2012

Several next-generation, mobile Counter Target Acquisition, or CTA radar systems are now able to provide Soldiers with a 360-degree protective envelope or warning capability against incoming enemy rocket, artillery and mortar fire, service officials said Oct. 10, at a Pentagon display.

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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

Posted  October 18, 2012

This week sees the completion of flight demonstrations demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft.

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New Curiosity instruments show surprising Mars rock

Posted  October 18, 2012

The first rock the new Curiosity instruments touched have presented a more varied composition than expected from previous missions. The rock also resembles some unusual rocks from Earth's interior

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