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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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California faults moved quietly after Baja quake

Posted  May 14, 2014

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude 4.9 to 5.3 earthquake.

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UTC Aerospace Systems to continue development of a UUV energy-dense PES propulsion system

Posted  May 14, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion energy program. During these follow-on phases, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) will continue the design and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane based Fuel Cell Energy System for a…

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Starlight Festival coming to Big Bear

Posted  May 14, 2014

The 2014 StarLight Festival will be held at the Northwoods Resort & Conference Center May 24 and 25. Located at 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, Calif., the event will be open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. both days. The free event features a wide array of speakers sharing their insights on space exploration, robots, the Sun…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with NASA cargo set for return to Earth

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. Dragon is set to be…

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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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Lockheed Martin introduces latest addition to small unmanned aircraft system family

Posted  May 14, 2014

Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system. With a gross takeoff weight of only four pounds and a vertical profile of only four inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance. “We are proud to…

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Sam’s Club opens doors to U.S. armed forces May 17

Posted  May 14, 2014

To honor Armed Forces Day, May 17, and celebrate America’s past and present troops, all 624 U.S. Sam’s Club locations will offer free shopping passes to military personnel, veterans, retirees and their families so they can save on home and business essentials. To receive the temporary one-day pass, guests should show military ID or proof…

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Lockheed Martin Kestrelô Autopilot now available for international sales

Posted  May 14, 2014

The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and they are now controlled under the Export Administration Regulations. “We are looking…

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Sikorsky Aircraft to develop autonomous Black Hawk for cargo missions

Posted  May 14, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. With the autonomous Black Hawk,…

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Raytheon delivers 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy- Jammer to U.S. Air Force

Posted  May 14, 2014

Raytheon has delivered the 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALDÆ -J) to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Lot 5 production contract. “The MALD program has enjoyed a perfect 33-for-33 flight test record over the past two years,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The…

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