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Wyle awarded NASA contract to provide flight products for Marshall Center

Posted June 26, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Wyle has been awarded a five-year contract by NASA to provide engineering solutions and development and flight products in the areas of science and technology, exploration and flight projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Al. Called the Engineering Solutions and Prototyping Contract,†it is a performance-based, cost-reimbursement fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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GA-ASI to develop Predator B variant to meet NATO/European airworthiness standards

Posted June 26, 2013 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 26 that it is undertaking an Independent Research and Development effort to develop a variant of its PredatorÆ B RPA that is fully compliant with the airworthiness requirements of the U.S. Air Force and anticipated NATO foreign customers, as well as offers enhanced capabilities for integration into domestic…

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Austal celebrates keel laying for Montgomery (LCS 8)

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Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship ñ Montgomery (LCS 8) – June 25. This is the second LCS of ten awarded by the Navy to Austal, as prime contractor, and the sixth keel laying ceremony celebrated by Austal, as prime, in less than three years. During that time Austal…

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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

Posted June 26, 2013 by

When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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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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