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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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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Case
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Defense

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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Business

Raytheon realigns two business headquarters locations

Posted May 3, 2013 by

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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Space

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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White House photograph by Chuck Kennedy
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Veterans

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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Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher Johnston
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Defense

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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Business

DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Army with target location, designation systems

Posted May 1, 2013 by

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 29 that it has been awarded a $15.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for an advanced targeting system. The cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Location…

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Tech

NASA selects U.S. small business technology transfer projects for further development

Posted May 1, 2013 by

NASA has selected 14 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue development of innovative technologies that are needed for future NASA missions and could become viable commercial products and services. The Phase II selectees in NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer Program may enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total…

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Space

NASA Extends crew flight contract with Russian space agency

Posted May 1, 2013 by

NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017. NASA is facilitating development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe,…

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Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend
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Defense

AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy, reliability

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Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend ATA Mission Support Department construction manager Dusty Kirkham conducts calibration tests on the new roll mechanism that will be used at AEDC in the Propulsion Wind TunnelĂ­s four foot transonic wind tunnel, 4T. The roll mechanism which supports the sting, or test support arm, and the test article provides…

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