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U.S. senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet

Posted June 26, 2013 by Bradley Klapper Associated Press

Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities June 19 in the Pentagon’s $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldn’t afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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NASA selects student teams for microgravity research flights

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected 14 undergraduate student teams from minority serving institutions across the United States to test science experiments under microgravity conditions. The teams will fly Nov. 1-8, as part of a collaborative effort between the agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Project. The teams design and…

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Innovative partnerships expand NASAís summer education reach

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected more than 170 educational organizations nationwide to receive Summer of Innovation mini-awards of as much as $2,500 each. The awards are designed to expand NASA’s education network and help the agency keep middle school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities throughout the summer break and beyond. The awardees…

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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted June 21, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,103 As of June 18, 2013, at least 2,103 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 1,744 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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GA-ASI, Fokker team to offer Predator B to The Netherlands

Posted June 21, 2013 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 19 it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fokker Technologies, a leading specialist in advanced components and systems for the aerospace and defense industry. The MOU supports GA-ASIís offer of the PredatorÆ B RPA to meet the Dutch Governmentís need for a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System, along…

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F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Posted June 21, 2013 by MSgt. Angelita ColÛn-Francia

The Air Force’s most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority…

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Cost-saving pilot programs to support war fighter autonomy

Posted June 21, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the war fighter has been answered with seven initiatives. Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the selected ideas will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, officials said. “We believe autonomy and autonomous systems will be very important for…

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Boeing, Sikorsky form joint venture to offer Saudi rotorcraft logistics, training

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. have formed a joint venture to compete for sustainment services in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rotorcraft fleet. Contracts that the joint venture will pursue are administered by the U.S. government as part of its Foreign Military Sales process. The joint venture will help advance the Kingdom’s efforts…

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Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagonís $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldnít afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes full system hot fire testing

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has completed its first Block IIA Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System fully-integrated flight weight system hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems. This first of several SM-3 Block…

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