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ULA Atlas V rocket launched payloads for U.S. Air Force

ULA Atlas V rocket launched payloads for U.S. Air Force

Science
April 14 (UPI) -- The United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket successfully launched a pair of payloads for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday night.Blast-off was at 7:13 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The Air Force Space Command mission, AFSPC-11, features two spacecraft. The primary payload is the Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM, or CBAS, a geostationary communications satellite.The satellite will lend communications support to the Air Force, relaying messages between leaders back at base and commanders in combat."The mission of CBAS is to augment existing military satellite communications capabilities and broadcast military data continuously through space-based, satellite communications relay links," the U.S. Air Force said.Behind t...
Watch live: ULA Atlas V rocket to launch payloads for U.S. Air Force

Watch live: ULA Atlas V rocket to launch payloads for U.S. Air Force

Science
April 13 (UPI) -- The United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch a pair of payloads for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday night.The rocket is set to blast-off at 7:13 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The Air Force Space Command mission, AFSPC-11, features two spacecraft. The primary payload is the Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM, or CBAS, a geostationary communications satellite.The satellite will lend communications support to the Air Force, relaying messages between leaders back at base and commanders in combat."The mission of CBAS is to augment existing military satellite communications capabilities and broadcast military data continuously through space-based, satellite communications relay links," the U.S. Air F...
Boeing to advance design process for new Air Force One

Boeing to advance design process for new Air Force One

Business
April 11 (UPI) -- Boeing was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to advance design services on VC-25B, the next version of Air Force One.The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 24 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price contract, which is a modification to a previous award.The agreement enables Boeing to advance the preliminary designs on the new Boeing VC-25B aircraft, a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner used to transport the U.S. president and other government officials -- and referred to as Air Force One when carrying the president.Boeing and President Donald Trumpin February finalized an informal deal for two new Air Force One aircraft in February, with the total final cost for both aircraft estimated at $ 3.9 billion.Th...
Air Force replaces T-38C with T-X for pilot training

Air Force replaces T-38C with T-X for pilot training

Business
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force said that the Advanced Pilot Trainer, or T-X, aircraft would replace the T-38C Talon aircraft at existing undergraduate pilot training bases.The Air Force said they expect to award the contract for the new trainer sometime in 2018.Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas has been selected to be the first base to received the first additions of the T-X, which are set to be delivered in 2022."As we bring the T-X training aircraft into service, we'll base them at our current undergraduate pilot training bases which have the airspace and runways needed for the mission," Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson said in a press release.The T-X aircraft is a two-seat, 5th generation, jet trainer aircraft that seeks to provide "student pilots wit...
Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

Technology
When Nienke Bastiaans fell in love with and bought a 17th-century thatched house in a rural Dutch village, there was one person who warned about possible earthquakes due to gas extraction. "Nobody listened to him," she said. Now, 20 years later, thousands of homes in the northeastern Groningen province are facing reinforcement or even demolition because of hundreds of small tremors caused by decades of gas extraction. The scope of the problem is forcing the Dutch government to confront the prospect of a future without locally produced gas and lucrative gas tax revenue years earlier than previously expected. Bastiaans and her husband Tom Robinson just had the entire front wall of their home reinforced — paid for by the gas extraction company — and two chimneys replaced because of fears tha