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NASA opens new era in measuring Western U.S. snowpack

Posted May 3, 2013 by

A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold. The data from NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out…

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AEDC supports SBIR commercialization readiness program project on pyrophoric fuel valve

Posted May 3, 2013 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by David Housch AEDC engineers ran a series of tests on a Towed Airborne Plume Simulator at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development ComplexĂ­s Rocket Prep Area 4. A threat to commercial and military aircraft posed by surface-to-air and more recently, air-to-air missiles is being addressed by a collaborative effort between…

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NASA study projects warming-driven changes in global rainfall

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A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought. The study shows for the first time how rising carbon dioxide concentrations could affect the entire range of rainfall types on Earth. Analysis of computer simulations from 14 climate models indicates wet regions of the world,…

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NASA astrophysicist elected to National Academy of Sciences

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NASA astrophysicist Chryssa Kouveliotou, a senior scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been selected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research. Kouveliotou, a longtime leading researcher in NASA’s space science mission, conducts extensive research on a host…

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X-51A Waverider achieves history in final flight

Posted May 3, 2013 by Daryl Mayer

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider prepares to launch its historic fourth and final flight. The cruiser achieved Mach 5.1 traveling 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes making this test the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight ever. The final flight of the X-51A Waverider test program has accomplished a breakthrough in…

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New parachute test to provide AC-130 aircrew with the best

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Case Tech. Sgt. Joseph Monreal, 418th Flight Test Squadron NCOIC of the Test Parachuting Program, deploys the Low Profile parachute after exiting a SC.7 Skyvan during a LPP test April 12, 2013 over the Edwards Farm Dropzone. The Low Profile Parachute is intended to replace the BA-22 parachute…

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Raytheon realigns two business headquarters locations

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Part of company’s previously announced consolidation initiative Company announced May 2 that two of its four businesses will have new headquarters locations. The decisions stem from the company consolidation announced March 25, 2013, intended to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. Raytheon’s newly formed Intelligence, Information and Services business…

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NASA spacecraft will visit asteroid with new name

Posted May 1, 2013 by

An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina. NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity. OSIRIS-Rex is scheduled to launch in 2016, rendezvous with Bennu in…

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First Lady unveils certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted May 1, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

White House photograph by Chuck Kennedy First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, April 29, 2013. The First Lady announced the IT Training and Certification Partnership, a new public-private partnership that will enable thousands of service members…

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Budget cuts mean Army must consider where it will buy weapons

Posted May 1, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher Johnston The Lima Army Tank Plant, Lima, Ohio, which produced the M1A2 tank, will stay open and busy until at least 2018, producing tanks and other equipment for both the U.S. Army and for sale to foreign countries through the Army’s foreign military sales program. With sequestration firmly in place,…

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