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High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilots have added their names to the fraternity of those that have gone supersonic, but let’s look back at when it was just a handful.

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The Golden Era of Test Flight: Another iconic aerospace hero has flown west

NASA Test Pilot John A. Manke, Sr., age 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2019. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Manke was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Selby, S.D. Manke attended the University of South Dakota before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

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DIA report details threats to America’s space-based world

Space enables the modern world, and the United States needs to maintain its progress in this critical domain if it hopes to lead in the future. That’s the conclusion of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s report titled “Challenges to Security in Space,” released today.

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NASA contracts to demonstrate unmanned aircraft technologies

NASA has signed contracts with three industry partners in a bid to demonstrate progress in the use and eventual certification of systems critical to the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

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NASA’s record-setting opportunity Rover mission on Mars comes to end

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet.

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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft departs ISS

Posted  February 11, 2019

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft has departed from the International Space Station after an 81-day stay during the NG-10 mission. While docked, astronauts unloaded approximately 7,400 pounds of vital supplies and scientific equipment.

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NASA seeks U.S. partners to develop reusable systems to land astronauts on moon

Posted  February 11, 2019

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on Dec. 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface.

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Northrop Grumman fourth generation LITENING pods achieve one million flight hours

Posted  February 11, 2019

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s fourth generation LITENING advanced targeting pod includes a suite of advanced high-resolution sensors and data link options for targeting, ISR and humanitarian relief missions. Fielded in 2012, the fourth generation of Northrop Grumman’s LITENING advanced targeting pod has served in every major conflict since that time. Keeping watch over land…

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Northrop Grumman receives $59 million U.S. Air Force contract for next-gen navigation system

Posted  February 11, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $59 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System-Modernization, or EGI-M, technology.

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Retired AF female forerunner laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted  February 11, 2019

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank Friends and family of retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Marcelite Harris attend her full honors military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 7, 2019. Harris’s accomplishments include being the first woman aircraft maintenance officer, one of the first two women air officers commanding at…

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