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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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NASA’s newest wind watcher arrives at launch site

Posted  May 16, 2014

NASA photograph by Dimitri Gerondidakis Components of NASA’s International Space Station-RapidScat instrument rest side by side in Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility after arrival. ISS-RapidScat will measure Earth’s ocean surface wind speed and direction from the station, data that will be used for weather and marine forecasting. A new NASA Earth-observing mission that…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates successful Javelin firing from turret in U.K. test

Posted  May 16, 2014

 Lockheed Martin ] recently demonstrated the successful firing of a Javelin missile from a turret at the Cranfield Ordnance Test & Evaluation Centre near Wiltshire, England. The turret was designed and built as a joint project between Lockheed Martin U.K. in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, U.K., and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas, and…

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Raytheon Missile Systems receives prestigious manufacturing award

Posted  May 16, 2014

Raytheon Company’s Missile Systems business received the 2014 Excellence in Innovation award from the Arizona Manufacturers Council during a ceremony in Phoenix. The award recognizes RMS for outstanding achievement in innovative manufacturing. “Raytheon strives to leverage the latest technology in designing the best possible products for all of our customers,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Missile…

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STOVL testing at Edwards

Posted  May 16, 2014

A Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II is shown performing Crosswind and Wet Runway testing at Edwards AFB May 6. Pilot Dan Levin and a team from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Patuxent River, Md., accompanied aircraft BF-4 for the deployment April 11. Testing is expected to continue until…

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New Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Kirtland cleanup work to start with pilot project The Air Force is going to start small but says it’ll meet a July 1 deadline to begin cleaning up a long-ago fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and avoid state-threatened fines of up to $10,000 per day. The Albuquerque Journal reports that a pilot…

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Headlines May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

News: VA hospital inquiry widens; Secretary Eric Shinseki urges patience – VA officials said May 15 that complaints about delays in appointment-making and inadequate treatment date back almost a decade. Federal prosecutors have joined the agency’s investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.    Business: Northrop found to overcharge U.S. on counter-drug work – Northrop…

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NASA announces space station research, development conference

Posted  May 19, 2014

The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, will host the third annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference June 17-19 in Chicago. The theme of this year’s conference is “Discoveries, Applications and Opportunities.” It is the only annual conference that explores, in detail,…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide upper-stage propulsion for revolutionary Eagles Launch System

Posted  May 19, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has received a contract from Stratolaunch Systems Corporation to provide six RL10C-1 production engines, with an option to provide an additional six RL10C-1 production engines at a later date, for the third stage of a revolutionary commercial air-launch system. The inaugural launch of Thunderbolt, the air-launch vehicle designed and developed…

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GPS IIF-6 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted  May 19, 2014

ULA photograph A Delta IV rocket lifts the Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite into space May 16, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIF-6 is the sixth in a series of 12 next generation GPS satellites. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. The Air Force…

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ULA successfully launches second GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force in less than three months

Posted  May 19, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:03 p.m., EDT, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2014, and the 82nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. “ULA is honored to…

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