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NASA, commercial crew partners fund additional development milestones

Posted August 16, 2013 by

NASA announced Aug. 15 it is adding some additional milestones to agreements with three U.S. commercial companies that are developing spaceflight capabilities that could eventually provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. NASA is supporting the development of these capabilities through its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap)…

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Moody AFB receives second HC-130J

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie The second†Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Commandís 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried by a Moody AFB crew from the companyís Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 14. The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II is the…

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Navy awards preliminary design review contracts for Unmanned Carrier-Based System

Posted August 16, 2013 by

The Navy announced Aug. 14 that four Preliminary Design Review contracts were awarded for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike air vehicle segment. The four $15 million firm-fixed price contracts were awarded to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. The period of performance for the…

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NASA ends attempts to fully recover Kepler spacecraft, potential new missions considered

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new science research it can carry out in its current condition. Two of Kepler’s four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the spacecraft, have…

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Renovated lab earns top certification for energy, environmental design

Posted August 16, 2013 by Amy Rollins

Air Force photograph by Al Bright In the new Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory inside Bldg. 23, Benjamin Pierce, a research scientist in the Superconductor Pulsed Laser Deposition Lab, conducts basic material research on thin, superconductive films, which carry currents for thermo-electric effect. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory, part of the Air…

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted August 16, 2013 by Ellen Crown

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 granted “interim safe for flight”

Posted August 14, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Liz Kaszynski An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet Replacement…

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted August 14, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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JPL, Masten testing spacecraft precision landing software

Posted August 14, 2013 by

Masten photograph Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstrator ascends from its pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port on a recent test launch for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft inspired millions of people worldwide a year ago when its unprecedented “sky crane” landing system successfully landed the Curiosity rover in…

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Army Research Lab, Purdue explore 3-D printing to fix deployed equipment, cut maintenance costs

Posted August 14, 2013 by T'Jae Gibson

New technology being developed by research engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Purdue University will soon help just about any soldier deployed in far-off locations to immediately spot and fix damaged aircraft and ground vehicle parts. Researchers found that combining the general purpose, finite-element analysis software ABAQUS with Python, an open-source code used…

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