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Go West, new plane

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 29. Aircraft number 5708 is the fifth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Forceís Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as…

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Mercury probe confirms ice at poles

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Instruments aboard NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft studying the planet Mercury have provided compelling support for the long-held hypothesis the planet harbors abundant water ice within its permanently shadowed polar craters. There is also evidence of a dark insulating material above some of the ice, which is believed to be…

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NASA pilot living his dream

Posted November 30, 2012 by Diane Betzler

Palmdale, California resident Troy Asher is a man who doesnít believe in working for a living instead Asher believes that people should pursue their passion and go after the education needed to become a success in that special career that calls out for them. Someone once told me that if you do what you love,…

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McKeon, McCarthy want to honor Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Washington D.C. Congressman Howard ìBuckî McKeon, R-Calif., and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to redesignate NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. Joining McCarthy in introducing this legislation…

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‘Space junk’ growing issue for AF space operations

Posted November 30, 2012 by Scott Prater

Members of the 1st and 7th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., took notice when an upper stage Russian rocket disintegrated in low earth orbit Oct. 16. The break up introduced an estimated 500 pieces of debris into an area where the U.S. operates a multitude of satellites, further congesting an already…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy conduct first catapult launch of X-47B

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have conducted the Navy’s first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The test was conducted Nov. 29 at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. It marks the first of several shore-based catapult-to-flight tests that will be…

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News Briefs – November 28, 2012

Posted November 28, 2012 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,030 As of Nov. 27, 2012, at least 2,030 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 1,693 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Pratt & Whitney to evelop advanced variable speed turbine for Army Rotorcraft

Posted November 28, 2012 by

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft. The AVSPOT program is an initiative by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, in…

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Derco Aerospace awarded exclusive distribution agreement by Eaton

Posted November 28, 2012 by

Derco Aerospace, Inc., a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, announced Nov. 27 the signing of a three-year agreement to exclusively distribute Eaton’s complete line of C-130 and F-16 products in select international markets. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are proud to have been selected for…

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Researchers test novel power system for space travel

Posted November 28, 2012 by

A team of researchers, including engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., has demonstrated a new concept for a reliable nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights. The research team recently demonstrated the first use of a heat pipe to cool a small nuclear reactor and power a Stirling engine at the Nevada…

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