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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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News Briefs August 11, 2014

Posted  August 11, 2014

New life for song dubbed ‘viral hit of World War I’ A century ago, British soldiers marched off to fight in World War I to a cheerful, bittersweet tune urging them to Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile! Now veterans, military families and serving soldiers have taken to…

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Headlines August 11, 2014

Posted  August 11, 2014

News: As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon – The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many…

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Sikorsky, Boeing to build technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Posted  August 13, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of…

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Seeing double: Experimental glider, rocket undergo fit checks

Posted  August 13, 2014

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center took another step toward developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch System (TGALS) by fit-checking a subscale twin-hulled glider with its experimental rocket payload.

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US partners with Greece for bilateral training

Posted  August 13, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Daryl Knee A member of the 726th Air Mobility Squadron waits to marshal a C-130 Hercules on the flightline Aug. 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Airmen from Spangdahlem AB will be supporting a bilateral training event with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23. The training aims to increase…

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VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

Posted  August 13, 2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Aug. 11 the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Under the…

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Space technology experiments tested in microgravity flight

Posted  August 13, 2014

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program funded a series of parabolic flights to evaluate eight space-technology experiments conducted by a like number of teams in late July.

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California Guardsmen aid in wildfire battle

Posted  August 13, 2014

Army photograph by SFC Benjamin Cossel A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew from the California Army National Guard drops 660 gallons of water on a Northern California fire, Aug. 4, 2014. In what has become a nearly annual mission for the California National Guard, Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California,…

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Curiosity’s first two years revealing Mars’ history

Posted  August 13, 2014

The successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, Aug. 5, 2012, was a milestone of America’s preeminence in space exploration.

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NASA’s NuSTAR sees rare blurring of black hole light

Posted  August 13, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech The regions around supermassive black holes shine brightly in X-rays. Some of this radiation comes from a surrounding disk, and most comes from the corona, pictured here as the white light at the base of a jet. This is one possible configuration for a corona – its actual shape is unclear….

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