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Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian moon

Posted December 13, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain…

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Machinists give Boeing 777X proposal for Wash.

Posted December 13, 2013 by

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Dec. 11 it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company’s new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region. The proposal would secure wing fabrication…

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Private space vehicle innovators to headline at economic outlook event

Posted December 13, 2013 by

Senior executives of two companies partnered in pioneering civilian space travel and new commercial space business will be among the speakers for the Feb. 21, 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference at Southern California√≠s Mojave Air and Space Port. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, organizer of the annual day-long event, announced that George T….

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Air Force’s top officer outlines tough budget decisions

Posted December 13, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Forces top officer Dec. 11 discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget. In the final session of the Joint Chiefs of Staff series at the American Enterprise Institute here, Air Force Chief of…

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Business

Boeing realigns research, technology unit for growth, productivity

Posted December 13, 2013 by

Boeing announced Dec. 12 it will establish technology research centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth. The company will restructure its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company’s central research-and-development unit, through the establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.;…

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News Briefs December 11, 2013

Posted December 11, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,153 As of Dec. 10, 2013, at least 2,153 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,785 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series…

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DARPA pioneers tactical mobile devices for soldiers

Posted December 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DARPA photograph An International Security Assistance Force soldier on patrol in a remote forward location in Afghanistan uses a secure mobile handheld device. For the first time in any war, U.S. soldiers on foot patrol across Afghanistan can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes,…

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Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy strengthen international alliance with helicopter acceptance

Posted December 11, 2013 by

The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony Dec. 10 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in…

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Mars One selects Lockheed Martin to study first private unmanned mission to Mars

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important…

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