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NASA hosts first Google+ hangout connecting with space station

Posted February 8, 2013 by

NASA will host its first Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Feb. 22. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers with astronauts on the ground and living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth. Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to…

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Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but deploy with 12

Posted February 8, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Spec. Roland Hale An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area, in this undated file photo. The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations…

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Boeing Phantom Eye completes taxi tests, readies for return to flight

Posted February 8, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system has completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as it progresses toward its second flight. During the testing, which occurred Feb. 6, the Phantom Eye demonstrator aircraft sitting atop its launch cart reached speeds up to 40 knots, or approximately…

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News Briefs February 6, 2013

Posted February 6, 2013 by

United Technologies approves buyback of 60 million shares United Technologies may buy back up to 60 million of its shares, replacing an approximately $4.3 billion stock buyback program which began almost three years ago and is nearly spent. The industrial conglomerate said Feb. 4 that the new program’s value is $5.4 billion at today’s stock…

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NMCB 3 targets confidence during weapons training

Posted February 6, 2013 by PO1 Chris Fahey

Navy photograph by PO1 Chris Fahey Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Christopher Sanford and Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Alex Miley, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, shoot three-round bursts from an M240B machine gun during a weapons qualifications and familiarization exercise held at Camp Roberts. Approximately 400 Seabees from NMCB 3 received training on…

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DOD, VA to speed integration of health records

Posted February 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki address reporters after meeting at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Feb. 4, 2013. The secretaries announced that Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will accelerate the timetable to enable service members to transfer their electronic health care…

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Army laboratories collaborate on octopus-inspired suction cups

Posted February 6, 2013 by

Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis can unveil points of weakness in man-made infrastructure, and now robots are being called in to help. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are developing suction cups that could be placed on robots…

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Former program manager returns to DARPA to lead Tactical Technology Office

Posted February 6, 2013 by

Many things drive scientists and technologists from across multiple disciplines to join DARPA as program managers and technical office directors. The most common theme, however, is service to country. At DARPA, these visionaries are charged with creating and preventing technological surprise in support of U.S. national security. For Bradford Tousley, a former DARPA program manager…

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F-22 pilot physician takes safety to new heights

Posted February 6, 2013 by SSgt. Kirsten Wicker

Courtesy photograph Lt. Col. (Dr.) Jay Flottmann, a former flight surgeon and now fully qualified F-22 Raptor pilot and 325th Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, shown here with an F-15 Eagle, is the first pilot-physician to drive the F-22. Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in…

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News Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman fourth quarter net income falls 3 percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said Jan. 30 its fourth-quarter net income fell 3 percent, hurt by lower government spending. The Falls Church, Va.,-based company earned $533 million, or $2.14 per share, down from $548 million, or $2.09 per share, a year ago. The recent quarter’s results…

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