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Coming Soon! A United States Space Corps.

Coming Soon! A United States Space Corps.

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Last weekend, an NPR radio personality sat down with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps. Then Wednesday, The house armed services committee voted to moving forward with the creation of a Space Corps.  Overall, they voted against an amendment that had been forwarded by Rep. Mike Turner, a republican from Ohio. "This mark is asking us to do something we have not done since 1947", said Mike Turner Mike says that he mostly concerned that we haven't risen to the level of knowledge for us to make this kind of decision. The new branch of the Military would be housed by the Air Force, but leaders of the National Air Force are concerned that this will create unneeded bureauc
X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands after 718 days in the skies

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands after 718 days in the skies

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The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 (OTV-4), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility May 7, 2017. “Today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th Space Wing as we continue to break barriers,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW commander. “Our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and I am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today’s safe and successful landing of the X-37B.” The OTV-4 conducted on-orbit experiments for 718 days during its mission, extending the total number of days spent on-orbit for the OTV program to 2,085 days. "The landing of OTV-4 marks another success for the X-37B program and the nation," said Lt. Col. Ron Feh
F-35 deploys to Europe for the first time

F-35 deploys to Europe for the first time

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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- F-35A Lightning IIs, Airmen and accompanying equipment arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, today, marking the aircraft’s first overseas training deployment to Europe. The F-35As are from the 34th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and will conduct air training over the next several weeks with other Europe-based aircraft in support of the European Reassurance Initiative. “This is an incredible opportunity for USAFE Airmen and our NATO allies to host this first overseas training deployment of the F-35A aircraft,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces Africa commander. “As we and our joint F-35 partners bring this ai
AF Will Deploy F-35A Fighters To Europe For Training

AF Will Deploy F-35A Fighters To Europe For Training

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force will deploy a small number of F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft this weekend on a long-planned training deployment to Europe, Pentagon officials announced April 14, 2017. The aircraft are scheduled to conduct training with other U.S. and NATO aircraft based in Europe for several weeks as part of the European Reassurance Initiative. This training deployment signifies an important milestone and natural progression of the F-35 program, officials said, and will allow the Air Force to further demonstrate the operational capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft. It also assists in refining requirements for eventually basing the F-35A in Europe, which is scheduled to receive the aircraft in the early 2020s. In a statement a...
NNSA, Air Force complete first B61-12 Life Extension Program qualification flight test at Tonopah Test Range

NNSA, Air Force complete first B61-12 Life Extension Program qualification flight test at Tonopah Test Range

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The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S Air Force completed the first qualification flight test of the B61-12 gravity bomb March 14 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. The non-nuclear test assembly was dropped from an F-16 based at Nellis Air Force Base. The test evaluated both the weapon’s non-nuclear functions as well as the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon. This event is the first of a series that will be conducted over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service.  Three successful development flight tests were conducted in 2015. “This demonstration of effective end-to-end system performance in a realistic ballistic flight environment marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” s