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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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Lockheed Martin to authorize Canada’s Cascade Aerospace

Posted  August 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced Aug. 10 at the 50th anniversary Abbotsford International Air Show in British Columbia that Cascade Aerospace will be authorized as a C-130 Heavy Maintenance Center – only the second such center in the world. Cascade is currently a Hercules Service Center and conducts in-service support for Canada’s legacy CC-130 and new CC-130J…

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NASA finalizes contracts for NOAA’s JPSS-1 mission

Posted  August 13, 2012

NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 Satellite, NOAA’s second next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will follow the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite to maintain continuity of weather and environmental observations. The final contract…

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Forest Service requests more aircraft for firefighting operations

Posted  August 13, 2012

More forest fires in the western United States have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to call in two additional C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System. Those aircraft, expected to be operating by tomorrow, will come from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing in Cheyenne, Wyo., officials said. “This…

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Soldiers begin command post training for NIE 13.1

Posted  August 13, 2012

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, began honing their skills at the Mission Training Center the first week in August, in preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 13.1...

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News Briefs – August 13, 2012

Posted  August 13, 2012

Northrop Grumman to cut 35 jobs in Colorado Northrop Grumman says it expects to lay off 35 employees in Lafayette, Colo., Sept. 4, when it ends its internal service desk operations there. The Daily Camera reports the Falls Church, Va.,-based security and defense firm told Colorado officials of its plans in a notice in June….

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New DIA director expects intensified demands for intelligence

Posted  August 13, 2012

The new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn became DIA director July 24, as well as commander of the collocated joint functional component command for…

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California sues major veterans charity

Posted  August 13, 2012

California’s attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members. Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester ranks among the nation’s top 1 percent of charities for the amount…

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Division West soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs

Posted  August 13, 2012

Military combat engineers and civilian technical experts gathered here recently to conduct a series of experiments aimed at providing soldiers with new technology in the counter-improvised explosive device fight.

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Ball Aerospace incorporates enhanced data communication for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted  August 13, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will incorporate essential data communication enhancements for the Joint Polar Satellite System, currently under development for an early 2017 launch.

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Army certifies soldiers ready to defend battlespace against missiles, swarming boats with JLENS

Posted  August 13, 2012

Combatant commanders have moved one step closer to being able to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away. In June 2012, the first class of U.S. Army soldiers completed mission operator training on the Raytheon JLENS elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system….

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