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News Briefs July 8, 2013

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Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashes; pilots unharmed The Israeli military says an F-16 fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after its two crew members safely ejected from the aircraft. The F-16 is the backbone of the Israeli air force. The two-seater F-16I is its latest and most advanced version. The military said the…

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Northrop Grumman supports successful propulsion system rocket engine test

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Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful test of the Minuteman III Propulsion System Rocket Engine at NASA’s White Sands Testing Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. The PSRE is the liquid post-boost upper stage of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. This was a designated product quality assurance test, which is a full mission duty ground…

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Mikros Systems awarded $2.8 million contract With the U.S. Navy

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Mikros Systems Corporation, announced July 8 that it was awarded a $2.8 million contract to deliver new condition-based maintenance capabilities for radars and electronic systems aboard the U.S Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships. Over the past three years Mikros has delivered more than 100 Adaptive Diagnostic Electronic Portable Test-set systems to the U.S. Navy for use…

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NASA seeks information on commercial robotic lunar lander capabilities

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NASA July 2 issued a Request for Information that will help agency officials better understand current plans in the U.S. commercial space industry for a robotic lunar landing capability. The RFI will assist NASA in assessing U.S. industry’s interest in partnerships to develop a robotic lander that could enable commercial and agency missions. The RFI…

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Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

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Trafalgar Scientific photograph The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., evaluated the 3M Clean Trace Surface ATP technology, which met the criteria scientists were looking for: simple, compact and cost-efficient. The device tests for the presence of adenosine triphosphate, which can indicate the presence of a biological agent. First responders…

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EaglePicher Technologies awarded lithium ion battery contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation

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EaglePicher Technologies, LLC has been selected by Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide lithium ion batteries to support the ICESat-2 Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite based on OrbitalĂ­s LEOStar-3 design. The lithium ion batteries designed by EaglePicher for ICESat-2 incorporate many of the design features that have been successfully utilized by Orbital in 13 of…

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NASA Tests Game Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

Posted July 8, 2013 by PR Newswire

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes senior vice president

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Aerojet Rocketdyne announced July 8 that Paul Meyer will join the company as senior vice president, Advanced Programs & Business Development. This newly-created organization encompasses Advanced Programs, Advanced Technology and Business Development for all of Aerojet Rocketdyne. In his role, Meyer will serve as a key partner to the president, responsible for leading the continued…

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Interceptor test failure is setback for National Missile Defense program

Posted July 8, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin The GBI missile leaves the silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Like a belated Independence Day skyrocket, a Ground-Based Interceptor missile roared from its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on the morning of July 5 as part of an integrated exercise and test of the Ground-based Midcourse…

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Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

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Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian airmen face involuntary furlough one…

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