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Air Force putting F-22 Raptors back in service

The action follows a four-month shutdown of the $412-million Lockheed Martin fighters to investigate why pilots’ oxygen was being cut off. Critic Pierre Sprey said the oxygen system’s problems can be traced to the complexity of the F-22, which takes … Continue reading

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NASA’s Aim for Rocket: Deep Space

NASA unveiled plans Wednesday for a $35 billion rocket program designed to surpass the storied boosters of the Apollo era and eventually be powerful enough to launch astronauts as far as Mars. NASA unveiled plans for a long-awaited $35 billion … Continue reading

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Drone pilots have a front-row seat on war, from half a world away

The Pentagon has adapted consumer-driven technology such as satellite television and digital video to give pilots, combat troops and commanders at headquarters a real-time look at the enemy on computer screens. For the first time in warfare, troops on the … Continue reading

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Boeing tests submarine drone off Santa Catalina Island

The 18-foot mini-sub made at the company’s defense systems facility in Anaheim could be used for national defense and environmental protection. By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times An 18-foot, bright-yellow submarine drone is being tested off the coast of Santa … Continue reading

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SpaceX rocket to make a test dock with space station

Mission calls for SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to visit the International Space Station as part of a $1.6-billion contract with NASA. SpaceX is preparing for a November launch to the International Space Station. (Al Diaz, Miami Herald / August 18, 2011) … Continue reading

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NASA’s next spaceflight

NASA’s next exploration mission — visiting an asteroid —When the last orbiter Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, ending the 30-year-old space shuttle program, NASA will have its sights set on the next big exploration mission: sending astronauts to an asteroid in about … Continue reading

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High costs F-22 Raptor fighter jets

The fleet of 158 F-22 planes — costing $412 million each — has never entered combat and has been grounded since May 3 because of a government safety investigation. The probe follows more than a dozen incidents in which oxygen … Continue reading

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Falcon hypersonic vehicle

Engineers and scientists monitoring the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, which was designed to fly at 20 times the speed of sound, lost contact with the vehicle midway through a scheduled 30-minute flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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NASA awards $10 million in contracts to private space firms

August 10, 2011 | 10:33am NASA handed out $10 million in contracts this week to seven commercial space companies to boost the space agency’s payloads into the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere.It is yet another step by NASA in … Continue reading

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4th of July Freedom Festival & Fireworks – Navy Golf Course Cypress, CA

  Seal Beach Naval Weapon Station presents an  All-American Event for the entire family!Doors open at 4pm. Festival Seating, Games & Activites for the kids, Live Music & Fireworks start at 9pm. $5.00-person: www.mwrtoday.com/sealbeach ** $69.00 rate 1 to 4 … Continue reading

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