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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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Vets gather at Arlington to mark 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal

Posted  August 9, 2012

Seventy years after the Aug. 7, 1942, start to what would be a brutal, six-month-long battle over an island in the South Pacific, veterans of Guadalcanal gathered at Arlington National Cemetery....

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Tech

Laser revolutionizes sheet metal cutting at Army Depot

Posted  August 9, 2012

Gone are the days of hunching over a pristine sheet of metal meticulously drilling holes and patterns by hand.....

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Business

Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted  August 9, 2012

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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Space

New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

Posted  August 9, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Aug. 9 their service is critical to the defense strategy. Panetta said New York was the cradle of the United States military, and that its critical role for the armed forces continues today. “New York’s Air National…

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Pilot becomes Guard’s first F-35 instructor pilot

Posted  August 9, 2012

An airman became the Air National Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at the multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.....

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JASSM-ER nears operational employment

Posted  August 9, 2012

The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is scheduled to complete the final-phase of operational testing for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range in late August, marking a significant step toward operational employment.

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Chief of naval research moderates panel at unmanned systems conference

Posted  August 9, 2012

The Navy's chief of naval research led a panel discussion highlighting technology challenges and a vision for future maritime robotic systems Aug. 8, at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual conference....

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Space

Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

Posted  August 9, 2012

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month – a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles. Officials announced Aug. 8 that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747…

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First 360-degree panorama from NASA’s Curiosity rover

Posted  August 9, 2012

Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars.

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