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Air Force Technology Timeline

On the U.S. Air Force's 75th anniversary, see a timeline of how far it has come technology-wise.

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Full-Scale Micro-launcher Rocket

Micro-launchers such as Orbex Prime give satellite manufacturers a dedicated launch service, in contrast to larger, ‘rideshare’ launchers, where small satellites are often a secondary payload, and frequently face significant delays.

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Software

Space Industry Test Challenges

Avionics engineering teams should minimize testing time to accelerate the pace of innovation required for the next era of space exploration.

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Propulsion

ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Will Launch Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser Spaceplane

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will supply launch vehicles for the Dream Chaser Cargo System. Starting in 2021, Dream Chaser – Sierra Nevada...

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Propulsion

Space Launch Providers Submit Proposals for National Security Space Launch Program

Four companies – Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) – recently submitted proposals for the U.S....

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Made in Space Is Set to Make in Space

Made In Space, Inc.’s Archinaut One spacecraft has the go-ahead from NASA to manufacture and assemble structures in low-Earth orbit. The demonstration, funded by a $73.7 million public-private NASA...

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Automotive

Orion Launch Abort System Passes Full-Stress Flight Test

The Orion spacecraft – the spacecraft integral to NASA’s Artemis program – passed through another milestone in preparation for flight. Researchers from NASA and Jacobs...

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Manned Systems

New Zealand and LeoLabs Establish the First Low-Earth Orbit Regulatory Platform

LeoLabs, Inc. of Menlo Park, California has deployed the world's first dedicated regulatory platform for low-Earth orbit (LEO): the Space Regulatory and...

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Manned Systems

Can the Air Force Reach a 24-Hour Launch Window?

Launching rockets with 24-hour notice is one of the U.S. Air Force’s latest goals. In a “sources sought” notice titled Rapid Space Launch Initiative, the service is reaching out to...

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Manned Systems

NASA Opens the International Space Station for Commercial Business

NASA is opening the International Space Station (ISS) for commercial business to accelerate U.S. science and technology innovation and accelerate the development of...

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Manned Systems

Lockheed Martin’s “Non-Operational” Space Fence Detects Indian Anti-Satellite Operations While Still in Test Mode

A breakup field from a recent Indian anti-satellite test was detected by the Lockheed Martin-developed U.S. Air Force...

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Software

AIA Predicts Flying Air Taxis, Supersonic Air Travel, and Space Industry for 2050

Arlington, Virginia-based Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has collected input from leaders in the aerospace and defense industries and built a...

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Manned Systems

Virgin Galactic Takes First Passenger to Space

Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo or “VSS Unity,” made its fifth powered test flight and second space flight late last week with three individuals on board. In addition to...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Orbex Debuts Innovative Smallsat Launch Vehicle

Orbex, a developer of small satellite (smallsat) launch vehicles based in Forres, Scotland, has unveiled its “Prime” launch vehicle. The rocket is the second stage of a two-stage...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Techstars and Starburst Start New Space Technology Business Accelerator

With an unprecedented number of breakthrough space technologies like reusable rockets, additive manufacturing (AM) or “3D printing,” advanced materials, and...

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Manned Systems

SpaceX Tests Raptor Engine, Prepares for Starship “Hop”

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has test fired its Raptor rocket engine at its Rocket Development and Test Facility, in McGregor, Texas. The Raptor is designed to power the...

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Propulsion

Late Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Company Cancels Launch Vehicle Projects

Months after founder Paul G. Allen’s death, Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems Corporation will abandon several launch vehicle projects. The news comes days after...

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Automotive

Stratolaunch Composite Air-Launch Aircraft Pulls the Wheels up During Latest Taxi Test

Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems Corporation is fast approaching the first flight of its Stratolaunch aircraft. According to a brief social media...

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Manned Systems

Astronaut Garbage Is a Serious Operational Concern When Travelling to the Moon and Mars

For decades, the approach to managing astronaut refuse has involved temporarily storage and then disposal – either by returning it to Earth or by...

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Manned Systems

Generation Orbit’s GOLauncher1 Is Officially the Air Force’s X-60A Hypersonic Flight Research Vehicle

The United States Air Force (USAF) has designated the GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A. The vehicle...

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Defense

“The Eagle Has Landed”

Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md. has revealed its concept for a new crewed lunar lander: a single stage, fully reusable system that incorporates flight-proven technologies and systems from the NASA Orion...

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Test & Measurement

Final Orion Capsule Parachute System Test Successful

A team of engineers from NASA and Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. successfully completed the eighth and final test of the Orion spacecraft Capsule Parachute Assembly System...

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Electronics & Computers

A New Expanding NASA Aeroshell Could Mean Larger Planetary Payloads

On Sept. 12, NASA will conduct the first test flight of its latest heatshield, the Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT). ADEPT will launch from...

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Materials

Lockheed Martin and Arconic Collaborate on 3D Printing and Advanced Aerospace Materials

As part of an initiative to develop next-generation advanced materials and manufacturing processes, Lockheed Martin Corporation, based out of...

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Propulsion

Iridium, Aireon, SpaceX Celebrate Satellite Launch, System Deployment

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 04:39:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on July 25, 2018 and placed 10 new Iridium NEXT...

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Test & Measurement

VPT Rad-Hard Point of Load Converters Designed for Digital Processing in Space Environments

VPT Inc. (VPT), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI), in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing its SVPL series space-qualified, radiation-hardened (rad-hard)...

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Manned Systems

Blue Origin Mission 9 a Success

Earlier this week, Blue Origin’s New Shepard flew for the ninth time, completing a test of the crew capsule escape motor. This launch, known as Mission 9 (M9), marks the highest elevation achieved by...

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Test & Measurement

Made in Space to Increase Material Portfolio After Two Years of Printing in Space

Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) printing onboard the International Space...

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