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Russian resupply ship experiencing difficulties; ISS, crew are fine

Posted April 29, 2015 by

The six crew members of the International Space Station are safe and continuing regular operations with sufficient supplies as Russian flight controllers plan for another attempt to communicate with a cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the station. The next attempt to link with the spacecraft comes at 8:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The ISS Progress 59…

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NASA awards grants for research, technology development

Posted April 29, 2015 by

NASA has awarded 26 grants totaling $9.9 million to help bolster the capacity and competitiveness of 28 states and territories (jurisdictions) in the area of technology research and development. Through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, NASA awards Research Infrastructure Development grants every three to five years to jurisdictions that have not, in…

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New AF maintenance technology keeps aging tankers flying

Posted April 29, 2015 by SSgt. Benjamin W. Stratton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bmJ6hf8TJmg The 92nd Maintenance Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., now uses a new technologically advanced parts fabrication machine extending the life of one of the Air Force’s oldest airframes — the KC-135 Stratotanker. “Our shop is consistently working on procuring technologically advanced machines, tools and equipment within our budget limitations,” said Tech. Sgt….

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To build an army of STEM workers, look to veterans

Posted April 29, 2015 by Thomas A. Kennedy

While the job market has been gaining strength in recent months, there’s one group of Americans who are still struggling to find work: veterans. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post-9/11 veterans was 6.5 percent in March–a full point higher than the population at large. As a veteran…

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News Briefs April 22, 2015

Posted April 22, 2015 by

U.S. says ship’s mission off Yemen is to protect navigation The White House says the U.S. aircraft carrier heading to the waters off Yemen is there to protect freedom of navigation and commerce. Navy officials said April 20 that the USS Theodore Roosevelt would beef up security following reports of Iranian ships heading toward Yemen,…

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AF realigns B-1, LRS-B under Air Force Global Strike Command

Posted April 22, 2015 by

The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1. The move will realign the Air Force’s core mission of global strike and all of the…

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General Dynamics NASSCO awarded $24 million for LCS sustainment

Posted April 22, 2015 by

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships sustainment execution in support of LCS’ home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the contract, General Dynamics NASSCO will plan, furnish material and provide support and facilities…

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Kirtland fuel spill plume seems to bypass Albuquerque wells

Posted April 22, 2015 by

A fuel spill that officials worried might pollute Albuquerque, N.M., drinking water seems to be bypassing the city’s wells, according to experts. Leaders of the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill cleanup team say the plume appears to be headed north rather than northeast, the Albuquerque Journal reports. The direction means the fuel will…

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DRS successfully demonstrates first 10-micron high performance infrared sensors

Posted April 22, 2015 by

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 21 that its highly anticipated 10-micron pixel pitch infrared detector has been successfully demonstrated to select defense industry prime contractors. The company will continue to schedule private showcases during the SPIE DSS tradeshow in Baltimore, Md. Initial demonstrations of the 10-micron pixel pitch sensor included an ultra-high…

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X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

Posted April 22, 2015 by

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel…

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