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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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‘Trial by Flag’ for new F-35A pilots

It’s deceptively calm in the cockpit. There’s a constant, seemingly discordant stream of chatter coming through his helmet. In the sky ahead are more than 60 advanced enemy aircraft, flown by some of the best fighter pilots in the world. Welcome to Red Flag.

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RSO installs 3D parts on C-5

Posted  February 8, 2019

A C-5 Super Galaxy with the tail number 70035 is the latest recipient of hardware produced by the next generation of manufacturing technologies, known as 3D printing or additive manufacturing.

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CSC home team celebrates Canadian industry success

Posted  February 8, 2019

Canadian technology, experience and infrastructure proved a winning combination for Canada’s new fleet of surface combatants, as Canada’s Combat Ship Team has been awarded the Canadian Surface Combatant design contract by Irving Shipbuilding. Irving Shipbuilding is the Canadian Surface Combatant prime contractor and will build all 15 ships at Halifax Shipyard. BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed…

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Virgin Galactic pilots awarded commercial astronaut wings

Posted  February 8, 2019

In another historic moment for the commercial spaceflight industry, Virgin Galactic pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and ‘CJ’ Sturckow, were awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings by the U.S. Department of Transportation Feb. 7 in recognition of the company’s ground-breaking first spaceflight from Mojave Air and Space Port, Calif. CA, on Dec. 13, 2018.

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VISTA gets a new look

Posted  February 8, 2019

Air Force photograph by Cynthia Griggs After recently receiving a new look and modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, the NF-16D known as VISTA (Variable stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft), departs Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jan. 30, 2019. The aircraft is the only one of its kind in the world and is the…

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Vice president attends NASA Day of Remembrance

Posted  February 8, 2019

NASA photograph by Aubrey Gemignani Vice President Mike Pence visits the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial with June Scobee-Rodgers, widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, right, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and Chuck Resnik, brother of Challenger Mission Specialist Judith Resnik, second left, after a wreath laying ceremony that was part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance,…

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