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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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Ducommun awarded $3.7 million contract for TOW program

Posted  November 9, 2012

Ducommun Incorporated has received a follow-on award from Raytheon to continue providing complex wiring harnesses for the TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided) weapon system. The contract, worth $3.7 million, extends the Company’s support of the program through 2013, with production taking place at the Ducommun LaBarge Technologies facility in Berryville, Ark. Recently, Raytheon named this operation…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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Sikorsky employes HUMS data to extend life of S-92 main rotor hub

Posted  November 9, 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to grant life extensions for the Main Rotor Hub on the company’s S-92(r) helicopter platform. Through its aftermarket business, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky Aircraft will have the ability to utilize Health and Usage Monitoring System data to determine a one-time life adjustment for particular serial number…

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Finmeccanica third quarter earns triple on cost cuts

Posted  November 9, 2012

Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace and defense giant, tripled earnings in the third quarter due to cost-cutting, improved margins and better sales of products like helicopters. The company, which is 30-percent owned by the government, Nov. 8 reported net profit of $95 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30. It made €25 billion last year, excluding…

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Eight navies complete East African exercise Custlass Express

Posted  November 9, 2012

Sailors and maritime professionals from eight nations wrapped up Exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 after a week of multinational maritime events in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, Nov. 1-8.

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General Dynamics to deliver new secure radio for Nett Warrior soldiers

Posted  November 9, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received an order from the U.S. Army to deliver a new secure radio for Nett Warrior soldiers. The new Nett Warrior radio is part of the Handheld Manpack Small Form Fit family of radios. Weighing less than two pounds, the secure radio communicates using the Soldier Radio Waveform and meets…

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Raytheon awarded $11.5 million to upgrade U.S. Air Force weather data analysis system

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon an $11.5 million contract to enhance the Weather Data Analysis system. The modernized system is expected to deliver significant efficiencies and improve weather forecast analysis capabilities, enabling warfighters to make critical mission decisions. “Enhancing WDA will deliver advanced capabilities to the Air Force, enabling the Air Force Weather…

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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

Posted  November 9, 2012

Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

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Nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays the keel

Posted  November 9, 2012

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Detroit Nov. 8. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

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