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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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House panel backs limits on gay rights in military

Posted  May 14, 2012

Eight months after the military allowed gays to serve openly – and on the same day that President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage – the House Armed Services Committee backed measures limiting the rights of gays and lesbians. The panel stepped into the gays in the military issue as it considered a…

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Navy study: Sonar, blasts might hurt more sea life

Posted  May 14, 2012

The U.S. Navy says its training and testing using sonar and explosives could potentially hurt more dolphins and whales in Hawaii and California waters than previously thought. The new research and more thorough analysis are part of a draft environmental impact statement covering Navy training and testing planned for 2014-2018. A notice about the study…

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Northrop Grumman to provide navigation systems for Cessna’s new business jet

Posted  May 14, 2012

Northrop Grumman’s LCR-100 and LCR-100N navigation systems have been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company for the new Citation Latitude business jet. Cessna Aircraft Company has selected Northrop…

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NASA $1.5 million robot competition rolls onto WPI campus June 14-17

Posted  May 14, 2012

Autonomous robots created by 11 teams of engineers from across the country will compete for a NASA prize purse of $1.5 million on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., June 14 -17. The challenge: design and develop the next generation of robots to explore the landscapes of other worlds. The NASA-WPI Sample…

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Boeing completes acquisition of Inmedius

Posted  May 14, 2012

Boeing announced May 9 that it has completed the acquisition of Inmedius, a provider of software applications and services for managing and sharing information and learning content. Terms of the transaction, announced on April 26, were not disclosed. Inmedius will be integrated into Continental DataGraphics, a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Inmedius President and…

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ATK announces complete Liberty System to provide commercial crew access

Posted  May 14, 2012

ATK announced May 9 it has developed Liberty into a complete commercial crew transportation system, including the spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations, designed from inception to meet NASA’s human-rating requirements with a potential for the first test flight in 2014 and Liberty crewed flight in 2015. The company also announced…

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Balanced force structure imperative to Air Force readiness

Posted  May 14, 2012

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Phil Breedlove and his counterparts from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps testified May 10 before members of the Senate Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support about U.S. military readiness in light of recent budget cuts. In his opening statement, Breedlove pointed out that the American people are…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $103 million contract for LITENING G4 targeting pods

Posted  May 14, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a delivery order by the Naval Air Systems Command totaling $103 million to deliver LITENING G4 targeting systems. Under the terms of the award, Northrop Grumman will supply the U.S. Marine Corps with…

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NASA’s Marshall Center completes wind tunnel testing for Dream Chaser® space system

Posted  May 14, 2012

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., successfully completed wind tunnel testing for Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo. The test will provide aerodynamic data that will aid in the design of the new Dream Chaser® Space System. During tests at Marshall’s wind tunnel facility, a scale model of SNC’s Dream Chaser…

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Study would be needed before ending C-130 program

Posted  May 14, 2012

A defense funding bill that would delay efforts to end a program at Oklahoma City’s Boeing plant to upgrade the cockpits of U.S. Air Force C-130 transport planes was approved May 10 by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. The committee voted 56-5 for the National Defense Authorization Act, sending the bill to the full…

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