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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 SOFIA to embark on new cycle of science observations

Posted  September 5, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a joint program between NASA and the German Aerospace Center DLR, is set to begin its first full cycle of science flights starting in November 2012 and extending through December 2013. SOFIA’s Science Mission Operations Director Erick Young today announced the list of researchers…

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Boeing 702MP selected for first Intelsat EpicNG satellite

Posted  September 5, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing 702MP has been selected by Intelsat S.A. for the Intelsat 29e satellite, the first of the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG next-generation high-performance system. “Boeing is proud to have been selected to build the Intelsat 29e satellite, which is designed to raise the industry bar for performance and reliability and…

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Solid rocket boosters arrive at Dryden for storage

Posted  September 5, 2012

Two space shuttle solid rocket booster casings arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Aug. 29 after a transcontinental trip from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The inert boosters, each of which is more than 149 feet long and more than 12 feet wide, were hauled overland by a modified tractor-trailer rig. Now owned…

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Largest exercise wraps up in South Korea

Posted  September 5, 2012

Airmen, along with 30,000 participants from South Korea and other nations, took part in one of the largest Joint Staff exercises in the world at Osan Air Base, South Korea, date to Aug. 30. Exercise Ulchi Freedom-Guardian is an annual computer-simulated, U.S. Combined Forces Command defense-oriented exercise, designed to evaluate and improve combined and joint…

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Aerojet initiates research program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Posted  September 5, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new fellowship for basic research in the aeronautical and aerospace sciences. The fellowship initial research will focus on the development of autonomous systems, which entails the theory and development of logic structures and control processes that…

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Boeing fatigue test to validate predicted life of B-1 bomber fleet

Posted  September 4, 2012

Boeing has begun a five-year fatigue test on the wing of a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber to validate the predicted life of the bomber fleet, currently forecasted to be 2050. The test also will reveal potential areas of concern for which Boeing and the Air Force can develop maintenance and repair plans. “This comprehensive…

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Aerojet Propulsion Systems to maneuver radiation belt storm probes

Posted  September 4, 2012

Aerojet announced Aug. 30 that United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V successfully lofted NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes on a two-year mission to explore the Van Allen belts. Each RBSP relies on an Aerojet integrated propulsion system that will be used throughout the mission to position the satellites. The Atlas V launching RBSP also used…

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Castleman talks about his career in Aviation Art.

Posted  September 4, 2012

For aviation artist Douglas "Doug" Castleman, aviation art was a perfect fit. Castleman received his degree in Fine Art from California State University, Northridge and went on to become an award-winning artist.....

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Dawn spacecraft prepares for trek toward dwarf planet

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta Sept. 5 to start its 2 1/2-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn began…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

Posted  September 4, 2012

Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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