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NASA’s Fermi celebrates five years in space, enters extended mission

Posted August 21, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ELBnoVCsM&feature=player_embedded During its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe’s most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its…

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Judge sentences Manning to 35 years confinement

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 21 to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges related to publication of government information on the WikiLeaks website. Army…

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World

Chinese ships depart for rare drills with U.S. Navy

Posted August 21, 2013 by Christopher Bodeen

Three Chinese ships are sailing east to join rare naval drills with the United States as Beijing ramps up its military diplomacy amid regional territorial disputes and other tensions. The ships left the port of Qingdao Aug. 20 to participate in search-and-rescue drills with the U.S. Navy in the waters off Hawaii. Afterward, the ships…

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Defense

NAWCAD team helps British crew complete new helo tests

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Photograph courtesy of Fred Troilo The upgraded CH-47 Chinook, outfitted with bright red skis, hovers over the airfield at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as it completes checks of a new digital automatic flight control system. The system gives the aircraft better low speed capabilities, allowing for safer maneuvering and increased control. Royal Air Force…

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Business

Boeing reaches 250,000-kit milestone for JDAM weapon program

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Boeing Aug. 20 marked its recent production of the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit, a major milestone for a program that, since 1998, has reliably and affordably converted unguided munitions into near-precision weapons. The company facility in St. Charles, Mo., produces more than 40 JDAM kits every day, on time and on budget….

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Tech

NASA crashes helicopter to study safety

Posted August 21, 2013 by

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. News media representatives are invited to observe the drop test, scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va….

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News Briefs August 19, 2013

Posted August 19, 2013 by

17 punished for placing sex ads while deployed The Marine Corps says 17 people have been punished for placing ads on the Internet seeking sex while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports Aug. 17 those punished included 11 military personnel and six civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The ads…

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Business

Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides component repair services to Brazilian Air Force

Posted August 19, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Aug. 15 its first-ever direct commercial repair agreement with the Brazilian Air Force in support of their UH-60 Black Hawk fleet. Through OEM access, the multi-year contract will streamline support services and will help enhance operational readiness for the H-60 helicopter fleet. The agreement includes shipment of aircraft components to Sikorsky-approved…

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Northrop Grumman joint venture recognized with U.S. Department of Energy aviation award

Posted August 19, 2013 by

The Northrop Grumman joint venture National Security Technologies, LLC aviation program at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nevada Field Office received the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation Program Memorial Award. This year’s award marks the fifth time in nine years that the aviation team has been recognized as the best aviation program…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded $67 million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted August 19, 2013 by

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded a $67.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets. Hydra rockets can be mounted on most helicopters and some fixed wing aircraft and employ a variety of warheads to meet a wide range of mission requirements for all branches of…

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