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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg for mid-August launch

Posted  June 30, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Air Force selects No Action Alternative for F-35 basing at Eglin AFB

Posted  June 30, 2014

The Air Force announced June 27 its decision for basing up to 59 F-35 aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Analysis: U.S. struggles to keep vows to veterans

Posted  June 30, 2014

Nearly 9 million U.S. military veterans were promised free medical care through the Veterans Administration when they signed on for duty. Now the challenge for lawmakers is finding the money to fix a health care system that many say is broken. Republicans and Democrats are disagreeing over how to pay for the hugely expensive changes….

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Masten’s Xombie flight tests astrobotic’s autonomous landing system

Posted  June 30, 2014

Astrobotic Technology's newly developed autonomous landing system was put to the test recently when it controlled Masten Space Systems' XA-0.1B Xombie suborbital technology demonstration rocket during a NASA-sponsored launch and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.

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Boeing offers next-generation KC-46 tanker in Korea competition

Posted  June 30, 2014

Boeing June 30 formally offered to the Republic of Korea the KC-46, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker, as Korea prepares to acquire four aircraft for its first tanker squadron. “We’ve been a strategic and industrial partner with the Republic of Korea for more than six decades and remain committed to helping Korea strengthen its…

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Plane Crazy for Melvill

Posted  June 30, 2014

Pilot and first commercial astronaut Mike Melvill stole the show at Mojave Air & Spaceport’s Plane Crazy monthly event as he recounted his first spaceflight of SpaceShipOne, 10 years to the date in a packed conference room June 21.

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News Briefs June 30, 2014

Posted  June 30, 2014

SpaceX, Orbcomm want to launch satellites in July SpaceX and Orbcomm are hoping that it can launch six commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral early next month. Florida Today reports that the Air Force is reviewing a proposed July 14 launch date for approval. There is a backup date of July 15. The companies are eventually…

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Headlines June 30, 2014

Posted  June 30, 2014

News: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs – President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues.  50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle – When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs…

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Autonomous vehicles to exploit capabilities of machines, soldiers

Posted  July 3, 2014

Before long, soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems.

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Raytheon to award student veterans $30,000 in scholarships

Posted  July 3, 2014

Raytheon and Student Veterans of America will open the application process for the Raytheon-SVA Scholarship July 4, 2014, to be presented to three student veterans pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering fields and who have demonstrated leadership in their local communities. Three $10,000 scholarships will be awarded, for a total commitment of $30,000. Applications…

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