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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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Sikorsky nears completion of 15 UH-60M helicopters to fulfill Sweden’s ISAF requirement

Posted  September 17, 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is planning this month to deliver the final two of 15 UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters to the U.S. Army for further transfer to the Swedish Defence Material Administration. All 15 aircraft will have been delivered in just 16 months, a record acquisition pace for a squadron-sized fleet…

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Phyre GOBIGGS(tm) system selected for UH-60 Black Hawk demo

Posted  September 17, 2012

Phyre Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft to build and demonstrate a Green On-Board Inert Gas Generating Systems(tm) system for the UH-60 Black Hawk, as part of the AATD Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration program. Phyre’s GOBIGGS(tm) is an environmentally friendly, catalytically based fuel tank inerting system designed to significantly reduce fuel tank vulnerability…

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Veterans

As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Posted  September 17, 2012

Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered – forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones. “We’re going back to school, we have full-time jobs, we have families and kids,” said Marco Bongioanni,…

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ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches fourth NRO payload in five months

Posted  September 17, 2012

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:39 p.m., PDT, Sept. 13. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. “Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day…

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U.S. strikes on Iran would risk major war

Posted  September 17, 2012

U.S. military strikes on Iran would shake the regime’s political control and damage its ability to launch counterstrikes, but the Iranians probably would manage to retaliate, directly and through surrogates, in ways that risked igniting all-out war in the Middle East, according to an assessment of an attack’s costs and benefits. The assessment said extended…

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Shipboard Interrogator Sets for U.S. Navy

Posted  September 17, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the fabrication, testing and delivery of AN/UPX-24(V) interrogator sets. Under the nearly $11.5 million follow-on production contract, Northrop Grumman will provide five AN/UPX-24(V) identification friend or foe (IFF)…

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Panetta addresses Osprey, territory disputes in Japan visit

Posted  September 17, 2012

On a day that he began in Japan and is finishing in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. The Osprey has been a controversial topic since the aircraft was…

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Live streaming of AFA’s annual conference available

Posted  September 17, 2012

The Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference is taking place at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 17-19. Select conference events will be streamed live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/onestory_embed_new.aspx?pid=HUkx_KPf_hCx46o_86lo9Ejnc6er4Gyp&width=720&height=423) and Air Force Link’s live video page (http://www.af.mil/live.asp). No video will be available at these links until the scheduled event times….

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News Briefs – September 13, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Defense contractor relocating to Albuquerque   Defense contractor Air USA is moving is corporate headquarters to New Mexico. Company officials joined Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry Sept. 12 to announce they are moving from Quincy, Ill., to Albuquerque. The company provides fighter jets and support teams for military training missions. It is expected…

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NASA, The Netherlands aerospace laboratory sign aviation agreements

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA’s Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Jaiwon Shin and National Aerospace Laboratory of The Netherlands General Director Michel Peters signed two cooperative agreements in the field of air traffic management in Amsterdam Sept. 13. “NASA and NLR share a mutual interest in optimizing airport surface traffic,” Shin said. “The collaborative research emanating from these two…

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