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NAWCWD manned for unmanned systems

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division scientists, engineers, technicians and operators are involved in all levels of Unmanned Systems research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation.

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NASA employees go ‘above and beyond’

Three NASA employees recently received the Exception Engineering Achievement Medal at Armstrong NASA Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Educating future workers

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently hosted the Antelope Valley Board of Trade business luncheon for September and the featured guest speaker was Christos Valiotis, physics professor at the Antelope Valley College.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rocket move closer to first flight

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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TACP-M ties it all together

Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an airman.


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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

Posted  April 25, 2012

Findings from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated…

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Boeing first quarter earnings, revenue rise on aircraft sales

Posted  April 25, 2012

Boeing says its first-quarter earnings jumped 58 percent on higher revenue from sales of commercial airplanes, helping it overcome slow growth in its defense business. The company raised its 2012 profit forecast. Boeing said April 25 that it earned $923 million, or $1.22 per share, compared with $586 million, or 78 cents per share, a…

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Dragon to launch to ISS May 7

Posted  April 25, 2012

The April 30 launch date of the Dragon cargo carrier to the International Space Station has slipped, according to an announcement from SpaceX and will now launch May 7. “After reviewing our recent progress, it was...

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NASA releases call for phase II visionary advanced concepts

Posted  April 25, 2012

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals to continue promising studies for which it has supported the first phase. These cutting-edge concepts have the potential to transform future exploration missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building, and operating aerospace systems. “These transformative concepts have the potential to mature…

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Sierra Nevada completes wind tunnel testing of Dream Chaser

Posted  April 25, 2012

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems has successfully completed wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser(R) orbital crew vehicle in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Aerodynamic data generated from this testing, coupled with data from computer simulations, will define the characteristics…

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Mojave Airport hosts biggest Plane Crazy Saturday to date

Posted  April 25, 2012

Around 2,000 people put on their walking shoes and sunscreen to participate in what turned out to be the biggest Mojave Plane Crazy Saturday yet April 21. More than 200 airplanes were flown in, filling the entire main flightline, from the new airport tower down to the Scaled...

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

Posted  April 25, 2012

Findings from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated…

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J-2X engine ready for second test series

Posted  April 25, 2012

The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year’s successful test firings.

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Boeing delivers first Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental

Posted  April 25, 2012

Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, beginning a new era for the world’s most recognized airplane, and beginning a new era of increased efficiency, stronger environmental performance and greater enjoyment for Lufthansa and its passengers. “Lufthansa and Boeing have a long and proud history of working together to…

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Northrop Grumman first quarter profit falls 4.5 percent

Posted  April 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman said April 25 its first-quarter profit fell 4.5 percent, as drops in U.S. defense spending reduced sales at its major businesses. The Falls Church, Va.,-based defense contractor earned $506 million, or $1.96 per share, down from $530 million, or $1.79 per share, in the same quarter last year. The year-ago period was boosted…

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