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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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NASA’s NuStar reveals flare from Milky Way’s black hole

Posted  October 24, 2012

NASA’s newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up. “We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the…

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Army will do its job with less, secretary says

Posted  October 24, 2012

Pentagon Channel screen capture With budget cuts already in place, and more cuts possible next year – the Army can expect there to be fewer resources around to accomplish a mission that will likely not shrink, said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Oct. 22, 2012, during the 2012 Association of the United States…

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Northrop Grumman matures laser threat terminator technology to address emerging threats

Posted  October 24, 2012

Northrop Grumman has matured the technology for enhancing the capabilities of its All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator product line, developed to defeat both current and emerging IR threats. The ASALTT(TM) is an advanced technology quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared laser designed and developed to protect a wide variety of aircraft including fixed-wing and rotor aircraft,…

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Lockheed Martin radar, MILSATCOM programs receive DOD awards

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin has won two of five awards given annually by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association for excellence in systems engineering. The awards, presented at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, are assessed on 2011 performance and recognize effective implementation of systems engineering best practices to achieve program…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

Posted  October 24, 2012

Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Riverside hosts third annual vet expo

Posted  October 24, 2012

Veterans won’t want to miss the Third Annual Veterans Expo 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Riverside County [Calif.] Fair Grounds. The expo will offer assistance with healthcare, employment, education, legal issues, buying a home or just learning what benefits they are eligible for. Interested attendees will even be able to learn about and…

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News Briefs – October 22, 2012

Posted  October 22, 2012

Iraq presses U.S. on need for faster arms deliveries Iraq’s prime minister has pressed the need for faster deliveries of American weapons to help arm his country’s military during a meeting with a senior U.S. defense official. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said in a statement Oct. 18 the Iraqi leader made the request during…

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Machinists union talks to Boeing employees in South Carolina

Posted  October 22, 2012

Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., plant. The informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing after the company…

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Lockheed Martin introduces advanced air, missile C2 system

Posted  October 22, 2012

In response to the increasingly complex national and multi-national requirements for Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin has developed a solution that deliver new levels of performance to address evolving threats. By linking weapon and sensor data with advanced map-based Command and Control capabilities, the DIAMONDShield(tm) C2 platform provides operators a wide range of…

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Odyssey Systems one of five awarded $851 million ETASS II contract

Posted  October 22, 2012

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group is one of five contractors awarded the “Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services II” contract to provide support to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The ceiling value of the contract is $851million over a five-year period of performance. The Odyssey Systems-led team will provide a broad range of…

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