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Northrop Grumman appoints vice president

Posted September 19, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has announced the appointment of Tarik Reyes as vice president, business development for its integrated air and missile defense division in its Information Systems sector, effective immediately. In this new role, Reyes will have executive responsibility for global business development for the IAMD portfolio. He will lead customer engagement and tactical strategy discussions…

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Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares bots for battle

Posted September 19, 2014 by

The award-winning Gryffingear Robotics Team of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy will be battling for a winning title in competition later this month. Representing Palmdale at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum’s annual off-season FIRSTÆ Robotics Competition, The Academy’s “Basilisk” and “Golden Snitch” will each be competing both days among 34 other teams, giving the Griffins…

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Defense

AF to change instructions for oaths

Posted September 19, 2014 by

The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words So help me God from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department…

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Boeing, Avolon finalize order for 787 Dreamliners, 737 MAXs

Posted September 19, 2014 by

Boeing and leasing company Avolon have finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s, valued at more than $2.1 billion at list prices. Avolon announced a commitment to purchase the airplanes during the 2014 Farnborough Airshow in July. This marks Avolon’s first order for the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner and will…

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News Briefs September 17, 2014

Posted September 17, 2014 by

U.S. to assign 3,000 troops to fight Ebola The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak that has overwhelmed local health care systems and drawn appeals for help from the region and aid organizations. The troops will supply medical and logistical support and boost…

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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

Posted September 17, 2014 by

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Space

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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NASA intern helps develop UAS in the NAS Human-Systems Integration

Posted September 17, 2014 by

NASA photographs by Ken Ulbrich NASA Armstrong summer intern Kassidy McLaughlin contemplates the Smart Eye Pro optical tracking display during a UAS in the NAS simulation. The system tracks a UAS pilotís eye movements, quantifying such details as head position, pupil diameter, gaze direction and visual fixation. Kassidy McLaughlin, a freshman mechanical engineering major at…

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NASA chooses American companies to transport U.S. astronauts to ISS

Posted September 17, 2014 by

U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Sept. 16. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with…

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