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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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Recap: X-51A flight ends prematurely

Posted  August 18, 2012

The X-51A Waverider successfully launched from a B-52 Stratofortress over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, Calif., Aug. 14, 2012, at approximately 11:36 a.m. PDT...

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Lockheed Martin receives U.S. Marine Corps contract for personnel carrier vehicle study, demonstration

Posted  August 18, 2012

Underscoring the company’s ability to deliver cost effective ground vehicle solutions, Lockheed Martin received a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to test and validate the company’s Havoc 8×8 vehicle as part of the Marine Personnel Carrier program. During an eight-month evaluation period, the U.S. Marine Corps will verify human factors and amphibious…

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Curiosity Mars Rover getting checked out

Posted  August 18, 2012

In about a week, Curiosity will be commanded to drive about a yard forward and then backwards, and dramatic full color images are arriving....

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Lockheed Martin receives $150 million contract to produce THAAD weapon system equipment for U.S. Army

Posted  August 18, 2012

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $150 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon System launchers and fire control and communications equipment for the U.S. Army. The contract includes 12 launchers, two fire control and communications units, and associated support equipment. This contract will provide six launchers…

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Army to streamline NIE process for industry, small businesses

Posted  August 18, 2012

The Army is refining its buying methods and reaching out to small businesses in order to smooth the path for industry to participate in the Network Integration Evaluations.

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Civ-Mil Support Group elects officers, directors

Posted  August 18, 2012

Business transacted at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group directors included annual elections, reports on the Edwards improvements projects, and a recap of the barbeque and the Aerospace Appreciation weekend at the JetHawks. The Airman’s Attic beautification project has been completed. Civ-Mil’s success in obtaining appliances to be donated to junior…

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Helicopter crash in Afghanistan Kills 11

Posted  August 18, 2012

Eleven people were killed Aug. 16 when their International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, ISAF officials reported. The crash killed four ISAF service members, three U.S. Afghanistan service members, three members of the Afghan national security forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter, officials said. The cause of the crash is under investigation,…

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Israel sees month long war after Iran strike

Posted  August 18, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program could trigger a bloody month long war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of Israelis or more, the Israeli Cabinet’s civil defense chief warned in an interview published Wednesday. It was the most explicit assessment yet of how the government sees events unfolding in the aftermath of an Israeli…

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SpaceShipTwo glide flight envelope cleared

Posted  August 18, 2012

In the last month and a half, SpaceShipTwo has had six consecutive successful glide tests. Starting June 26, there have been about weekly droop tests from its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo. The flight durations have ranged from about 8 to 11 minutes. The Scaled Composites flight log report, usually just the bare facts, states that after…

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Palmdale Aerospace Academy ready to launch

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy opened its doors to the public Aug. 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and will open with a total of 540 students on Sept. 5 for grades seventh to ninth....

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