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NASA Mars exploration rover team to be honored

Posted September 7, 2012 by

The mission team for NASA’s long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif. The award is presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or…

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Fleet Readiness Center ‘hooks up’ unmanned aircraft

Posted September 7, 2012 by

Navy photograph The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft completes a successful roll-in arrestment with a modified arresting hook point designed and manufactured by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Aug.14 at Patuxent River, Md. FRCSW delivered the hook point just 46 days after receiving a request from the Navy UCAS program office. The Fleet Readiness…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing photograph Boeing and Air India Sept. 6 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. Pictured here is a 787 Dreamliner painted in India’s livery taking off from Boeing South Carolina. The airplane is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats. Boeing and Air India celebrated the delivery of…

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Marine F-35 variant reached 100th sortie milestone

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Marine Corps Maj. Tye Bachmann, of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, completed the 100th sortie of the F-35B variant of the Lightning II Aug. 31 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flight was a lineup of six aircraft returning to the skies on the first day…

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Space Shuttle Endeavour to make historical final ferry flight

Posted September 7, 2012 by

Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, will make the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era when it departs Sept. 17, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to Los Angeles International Airport. On Oct. 11, 2011, NASA transferred title and ownership of Endeavour to the California…

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Navy continues to make dumb bombs smarter

Posted September 7, 2012 by

The fleet is addressing the evolving needs of modern day warfare by converting the traditional unguided bomb with a near-precision guided “smart” weapon. The Navy recently awarded a $23 million full-rate production contract to Boeing Inc. for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. The weapon expands the capability…

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ATK, United Launch Alliance successfully test GEM-60 motor

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ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a successful cold-temperature ground test Sept. 6 of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA’s Delta IV launch vehicles. The 60-inch diameter and 53-feet long motor, which was chilled to a core temperature of 30 degrees F, performed as designed, producing approximately 270,000 pounds…

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Tricare won’t return Walgreen to pharmacy network

Posted September 7, 2012 by

The military health insurance plan Tricare says Walgreen’s drugstore chain, the largest in the U.S., will not be part of the network where plan members can get their prescriptions filled. Tricare did not give a reason for its decision, which was posted in an announcement on its website. It said its network currently includes more…

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NASA’s Global Hawk mission begins with flight Hurricane Leslie

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NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight from California to Virginia. With the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission, NASA for the first time will be flying Global Hawks from the U.S. East Coast. The…

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Pentagon welcomes new chief of National Guard Bureau

Posted September 7, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered Sept. 7 for a Pentagon ceremony marking a change in leaders for the nation’s National Guard Bureau. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during the event marking the end of Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley’s term…

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