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First seven trainees to directly enlist in Space Force sworn-in

First seven trainees to directly enlist in Space Force sworn-in

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Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Space Force on Tuesday swore in its first seven direct recruits in two ceremonies, the branch announced. The first four recruits took the oath Tuesday morning and signed a commitment to join the Space Force at Fort George G. Meade Military Entrance Processing Station in Fort Meade, Md. Later in the morning, in Colorado, and three more new recruits were sworn in at the Denver Military Entrance Processing Station. Advertisement The seven recruits are headed to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, to begin seven and a half weeks of basic training, according to Space Force. Vice Chief of Space Operations Lt. Gen. David Thompson, who swore in the first four recruits, said they were among the first to directly enlist into the nation's newest military branch created...
ALCS: Astros win third straight game vs. Rays to force Game 7

ALCS: Astros win third straight game vs. Rays to force Game 7

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Houston Astros earned a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday for their third consecutive victory, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the AL Championship Series. The Astros are now one win away from their third World Series in four seasons, and the club can join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Red Sox stunned the New York Yankees to win the ALCS before going on to win their first World Series in 86 seasons that year. Advertisement Otherwise, MLB teams leading 3-0 in a best-of-seven playoff series are 37-1. Houston also is attempting to become the first team to win a pennant with a losing record in the regular season. The Astros -- who have been criticized for their sign-stealing scheme used in 2017 --...
Space Force to start flying on reused SpaceX rockets

Space Force to start flying on reused SpaceX rockets

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Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Force will start to fly missions on reused SpaceX rockets next year to save millions of dollars, the service announced Friday. The Space Force will fly two GPS satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 first-stage booster. The lower cost that SpaceX charges for reused rockets will save taxpayers $ 52.7 million, a statement from the military branch said. Advertisement SpaceX has reused boosters since March 2017, but the Space Force wanted to see the technology proven before flying costly satellites on a used rocket. In June, the Space Force allowed SpaceX to recover the booster from a national security launch of another GPS satellite for the first time. The military learned "valuable data and insight on reusing" rockets from that mission, according to the announc...
General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A $ 7.4 billion contract between the U.S. Air Force and General Atomics, announced this week, will field MQ-9 Reaper drones faster, the Air Force said. The five-year Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution contract for the unmanned surveillance, intelligence, reconnaissance and strike-capability aircraft was awarded on Thursday. Advertisement It calls for delivery of up to 36 aircraft per year from the San Diego-based company. With a $ 7.4 billion ceiling, it is expected to reduce the time to deliver operational MQ-9s to operational units by 35%. The Air Force regards it as one of its most in-demand weapons, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center statement said on Thursday. The ARES contract has a pre-negotiated $ 3.3 billion price-quantity-curve, allowing the Air Force and...
Air Force delays fitness testing until January

Air Force delays fitness testing until January

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Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Air Force said Wednesday it plans to resume fitness testing for service members in January after putting the assessments on pause in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The testing, which includes a 1.5-mile run, 1 minute of pushups and 1 minute of sit-ups, was delayed from October to Jan. 1. The assessments usually include waist, height and weight measurements as well, but is delaying those until further notice. Advertisement "We know people are staying fit regardless, but we want to give our airmen enough time to prepare," said Gen. Charles Brown Jr., Air Force chief of staff. The testing was originally set to take place in March, but was delayed until June and then again until Oct. 1 to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The test, officially the U....