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VKF modernization program reaches a milestone, ready to pave the way for next-generation flight simulation testing

Posted September 4, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by David Housch Joe Syler, Aerospace Testing Alliance outside machinist, makes an adjustment to the Ares I first stage booster model in the centerís von Karman Facilityís Tunnel B prior to the resumption of heat transfer testing. ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. ñ A team comprised of engineers, outside machinists, schedulers and…

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Business

MEADS system to identify friend or foe aircraft Certified by U.S. Air Traffic Control Office

Posted September 4, 2013 by

The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system has been certified for operation. MEADS became the first U.S. system approved to incorporate a non-U.S. cryptographic device in 2009. Certification by the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System Program Office is a significant…

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Tech

NASA selects 2013 NASA Innovative Advanced Technology Concepts for continued study

Posted September 4, 2013 by

NASA has selected six technology proposals for continued study under the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The proposals selected for Phase 2 of the 2013 NIAC Program address a range of visionary concepts including photonic laser thrusters, extreme sample return, and innovative spherical robots designed for planetary exploration. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate based the…

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Space

NASA evaluates four candidate sites for 2016 Mars mission

Posted September 4, 2013 by

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency’s next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet’s interior. The stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months…

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Events

Turning Aviation Into Reality coming to Compton, Calif.

Posted September 4, 2013 by

The Turning Aviation Into Realityí airplane fly-in and model aircraft expo is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the Compton Airport ñ 1017 Alondra Boulevard, Compton, Calif. Games open and fly-ins begin at 9 a.m., the model aircraft expo runs 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m., and the gates close at 3 p.m. The event is hosted by Chapter…

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Official warns of continued spending cuts in next fiscal year

Posted September 4, 2013 by Nick Simeone

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, a senior Defense Department official delivered a warning Sept. 4 at a defense cooperation conference in Washington, D.C.: expect the current spending cuts triggered by sequestration to be part of the budget landscape for the foreseeable future. Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense…

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Business

Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes critical design review

Posted September 4, 2013 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has successfully conducted its Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System Critical Design Review for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency with Raytheon Missile Systems as the prime contractor. “The on-time completion of this CDR demonstrates the readiness of…

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News Briefs August 26, 2013

Posted August 26, 2013 by

Commander of U.S. nuclear weapons unit removed The Air Force has removed the commander of a nuclear weapons unit at a Montana base following a failed safety and security inspection this month that marked the second major misstep this year for one of the military’s most sensitive missions. Military leaders say the decision to relieve…

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Wyle wins $39.9 million award to provide engineering analyses for the U.S. Army

Posted August 26, 2013 by

Wyle has been awarded a task order worth $39.9 million to provide engineering and logistical analyses to improve the reliability of U.S. Army ground combat systems, tactical wheeled vehicles, associated subsystems and related test equipment and infrastructure while lowering life cycle costs. Under the award from the Defense Technical Information Center’s Reliability Information Analysis Center,…

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Hagel announces U.S. deal to sell helicopters to Indonesia

Posted August 26, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States has agreed to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Jakara, Indonesia, Aug. 26. Hagel announced the deal during a joint news conference with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro after productive meetings this…

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