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NAWCWD manned for unmanned systems

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division scientists, engineers, technicians and operators are involved in all levels of Unmanned Systems research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation.

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NASA employees go ‘above and beyond’

Three NASA employees recently received the Exception Engineering Achievement Medal at Armstrong NASA Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Educating future workers

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently hosted the Antelope Valley Board of Trade business luncheon for September and the featured guest speaker was Christos Valiotis, physics professor at the Antelope Valley College.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rocket move closer to first flight

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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TACP-M ties it all together

Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an airman.


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Boeing receives DARPA airborne satellite launch study contract

Posted  May 31, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing has been awarded an 18-month study contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to evaluate technologies for on-demand small satellite launch systems. Under the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access contract, worth about $4.5 million, Boeing will analyze affordable, aircraft-based satellite launch platforms that can quickly deploy small satellites or…

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FAA launch permit gives Virgin Galactic’s space vehicles green light for powered flight

Posted  May 31, 2012

Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced May 30 that its vehicle developer, Scaled Composites, has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration for its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceshipTwo, and the carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us…

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U.S., Pakistan military coordination improves

Posted  May 31, 2012

In a sign of improving coordination between the United States and Pakistan, two U.S. military liaison officers recently returned to Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters May 31.

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News Briefs May 31, 2012

Posted  May 31, 2012

Air Force spaceplane aims for June landing An unmanned U.S. Air Force spaceplane that has been in orbit for over a year is coming back to Earth. The Pentagon’s experimental craft, which resembles a mini space shuttle, is slated to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The exact date depends on weather and other…

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Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 missile’s reliability record reaches 142 successful test

Posted  May 31, 2012

The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights April 14 and 16 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The Navy launched two unarmed missiles each day from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean. These tests marked the 139th, 140th, 141st and 142st successful test flights…

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NASA begins development of Space Launch Flight software

Posted  May 31, 2012

NASA engineers working on the new Space Launch System can now begin developing the advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle’s flight software using newly delivered software test bed computers from Boeing.

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U.S. remains opposed to military action in Syria

Posted  May 31, 2012

Shocking as it was, the massacre of more than 100 Syrian villagers is unlikely to galvanize a military assault like last year’s campaign in Libya to oust Moammar Gadhafi. The killings, however, did provoke the strongest international condemnation the United States and other nations could muster. The U.S. joined more than a dozen nations in…

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NASA seeks early stage innovations for space technologies from U.S. universities

Posted  May 31, 2012

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. Early stage, or low technology readiness level concepts, could mature…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes delivery of latest order of Aerostat Detection Systems to U.S. Army

Posted  May 31, 2012

Lockheed Martin completed its most recent Persistent Threat Detection System order by delivering the 29th unit to the U.S. Army May 29.

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Northrop Grumman hosts U.S. Military at LITENING users’ conference

Posted  May 31, 2012

Northrop Grumman recently hosted the U.S. military at its 11th LITENING Users’ Conference to share operational experiences with the targeting pod and identify priorities for capability upgrades. The Northrop Grumman LITENING family of targeting pods is a self-contained, multisensor system with built-in connectivity to land forces. It enables pilots to detect, acquire, auto-track and identify…

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