Operation Ice bridge Antarctica

December 3rd, 2013

Welcome home to the NASA Ice Bridge Antarctica crew who successfully completed the first NASA P-3 Antarctic ice survey missions. Airtec flight crew and ground support teams were deployed to assist the NASA Wallops Aircraft Office with operations originating from McMurdo Station.


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USAF Operationally Responsive Spacecraft (ORS-3)

November 19th, 2013

Twenty-nine satellites including the first CubeSat built by high school students were recently launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Island launch facility. Airtec radar surveillance and datalink aircraft were able to support and provide range clearance and range safety support for another “first” at Wallops Island.


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X-47 CVN-71 Telemetry

November 14th, 2013

Our telemetry relay services were called upon recently to support X-47 CVN operations while aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Airborne telemetry relay provided the test team real-time data, voice communications and video of launch and recovery operations.


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F-35 Weapons Separation Testing

November 4th, 2013

Airtec’s airborne telemetry relay aircraft recently supported the F-35C’s first AIM-120 jettison test for the Atlantic Test Range in the Virginia Capes Operating Area.

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X47 Surrogate Flight Test

October 31st, 2013

Our X47 UCAS surrogate flight test aircraft recently returned from the Jacksonville Operations Area after assisting the CVN-71 integration team with systems checkouts prior to actual X47 operations planned next month.

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NASA Antares Launch with Cygnus Spacecraft

September 18th, 2013

Airtec radar surveillance assets recently assisted with the launch of the first Orbital Sciences Antares launch vehicle with the Cygnus spacecraft. This mission will provide essential re-supply to the International Space Station.


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NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)

September 6th, 2013

Congratulations to the NASA Wallops LADEE team for their successful launch of a Minotaur V rocket and payload bound for Lunar orbit. Airtec radar surveillance and range safety aircraft assisted NASA Range Operations Control to assure safe launch hazard areas with dual radar and satellite datalink platforms.


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July 24th, 2013

Congratulations to the crew of the USS Arlington on their successful RAM missilex. Airtec assets proudly provided radar surveillance, target drone control relay, communications relay and target drone recovery.

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Independence Day at NASA, Wallops Island, VA

July 4th, 2013

Airtec surveillance aircraft, with the use of dual, over the horizon radar datalink systems successfully supported a July 4th launch of two NASA sounding rockets from Wallops Island, VA. The rockets will help study the ionospheric dynamo effect.

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UCAS and CVN-77

July 1st, 2013

A successful pier-side checkout of the N-UCAS system aboard CVN77 has concluded utilizing Airtec’s UCAS surrogate King Air.

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