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Science and commercial satellites launched on SpaceX Falcon 9

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a pair of U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from California May 22. The rocket roared off from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:47 p.m. and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward the South Pole.

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AF recruiter steers effort to bring new engine to local high school

Auto shop students at Quartz Hill High School have a new learning tool courtesy of the Air Force. The Lancaster, Calif., Air Force recruiting office spearheaded the donation of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf engine, which was introduced during a small ceremony at the school May 21.

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Air Force trainer jet crashes in Mississippi; 2 eject safely

A U.S. Air Force training jet crashed May 23 in northeast Mississippi with both pilots ejecting safely. The T-38C Talon II crashed about 8:30 a.m., Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., officials said in a statement.

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Retired Air Force rated officers welcomed back on active duty

Retired Air Force rated officers with Air Force Specialty Codes 11X-pilot, 12X-combat systems officer or 13B-air battle manager are encouraged to apply for the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program to help alleviate manning shortages within the Air Force rated community.

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Lockheed Martin Stalker XE upgraded with new VTOL launch, landing capability

Lockheed Martin’s Stalker eXtended Endurance unmanned aerial system has been upgraded with a vertical take-off and landing capability. This new option gives users greater mission flexibility allowing them to operate the system in more austere locations.


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USS Milwaukee fires missiles, kicks off LCS missile module development testing

Posted  May 18, 2018

The Freedom variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia May 11. The Milwaukee fired four longbow hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets. During the evolution, the ship’s crew executed a scenario simulating a complex warfighting environment, utilized radar and other…

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Dream Chaser departs NASA Armstrong

Posted  May 18, 2018

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich SNC Dream Chaser is lifted on to a truck in NASA Armstrong’s historic space shuttle hangar where the spacecraft stayed as it was being prepared for testing and flights. Dream Chaser is in Colorado at a SNC facility. After nearly 16 months at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California,…

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Bowers inspires students to be their best

Posted  May 18, 2018

Al Bowers, who is the chief scientist at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, loves to hear about the successes of people he has mentored. For decades he has been a strong supporter of education and seeding young minds.

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World

Japanese AWACS fleet to get $208 million in upgrades

Posted  May 18, 2018

Air Force photograph by Alejandro Pena A Japan Air Self-Defense Force E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft taxis before takeoff on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 14, 2015. JASDF AWACS will get upgrades following the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center award of $208 million in February 2018 to the Boeing Co. for installation…

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Wi-Fi in space, spacecraft technologies launched on Blue Origin rocket

Posted  May 18, 2018

A company vying to be the first internet service provider in space as well as a NASA monitoring system for testing technologies on suborbital vehicles were both carried into space when Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket successfully launched April 29.

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