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The Air Force plans to conduct the first test flight of its new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter in 2019 as a step toward fielding an operational aircraft in 2021 and reaching full-rate production by 2023, service officials said. The new helicopter, called CRH, will be engineered to perform high-risk medical evacuations and other rescue and […]

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New Air Force Secretary Deborah James has made it clear that it’s about time the service’s drone pilot force gets paid. She announced Thursday that she was more than doubling monthly incentive pay for drone pilots from $600 to $1,500. The demand for Air Force drones such as the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reapers […]

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the start-up rocket-maker known as SpaceX and headed by billionaire Elon Musk, hasn’t yet received certification to launch U.S. military and spy satellites. But that hasn’t stopped it from looking for ways to further drive down the launch costs by making rockets reusable. The company, based outside Los Angeles, this weekend […]

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The Air Force deployed four global positioning satellites into space this past year — the most it has put up in a single year in more than three decades. But the constellation that helps more than 3 billion worldwide users — military and civilian — get from Point A to Point B also enables the […]

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Over the next decade, the Pentagon plans to launch satellites that offer a revolutionary leap in surveillance technology by persistently staring at targets from space for long periods of time, an official said. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers gave the estimate at a defense conference this week in Washington, D.C. The Defense […]

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