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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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360-Degree MEADS radar begins integration testing

Posted  April 19, 2012

In preparation for an intercept flight test later this year, the first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has begun system-level testing at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR recently completed initial performance…

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Joe Walker Middle School’s robotics team headed to World Championship

Posted  April 19, 2012

In November 2011, Joe Walker Middle School became home to the first Vex Robotics team in the Antelope Valley. In less than six months, the program has gone from upstart rookie to nationally ranked challenger. The team will next test their…

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Officials implement flexibilities for third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  April 19, 2012

As the Air Force continues a fiscal 2012 civilian workforce restructure through voluntary retirement and separation initiatives, officials have instituted new flexibilities to help minimize the impact of downsizing and workforce shaping. Unlike the previous two rounds, the third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay will allow civilians to fill…

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National World War II Museum brings to life the American experience during the war

Posted  April 19, 2012

Founded as the National D-day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's Official World War II Museum, The National World War II Museum in New Orleans clarifies the American experience during the war years with moving, personal stories, historic artifacts...

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Russia slams NATO withdrawal plans from Afghanistan, calls them ‘artificial’

Posted  April 19, 2012

Russia’s foreign minister sharply criticized NATO’s plan to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by 2014, saying April 19 that coalition troops should remain in the country until Afghan government forces are capable of ensuring security. “As long as Afghanistan is not able to ensure by itself the security in the country, the artificial timelines of…

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NASA awards Loral contract for laser comm payload flight

Posted  April 19, 2012

NASA’s Space Technology Program has awarded Space System/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., a $3 million contract to initiate the process of hosting a space laser communications relay demonstration terminal payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite, which launches in 2016. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to fly a payload on an American-manufactured…

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Don McLean recalls his tour of service during the Korean War

Posted  April 19, 2012

At age 20, Don McLean was a private first class in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was too young to vote, but old enough to be trained on how to fire a 50-caliber machine gun. McLean was part of a half-track armored vehicle team. He served in the Korean War fighting alongside America’s allies to…

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Super Hercules takes flight to Texas

Posted  April 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered another C-130J Super Hercules to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 18. This aircraft was the 18th C-130J delivered to Dyess by Lockheed Martin. Col. Gerald Goodfellow, vice commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess accepted delivery of the aircraft.

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NASA awards aircraft maintenance, operations support contract

Posted  April 19, 2012

NASA has selected DynCorp International LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services under a contract potentially worth $176.9 million. DynCorp will perform the work at Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards…

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F-35 team hits weapons testing mark

Posted  April 19, 2012

The F-35 Integrated Test team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., announced April 16 the completion of a weapons testing milestone. The ejection of a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3 March 29...

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