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News Briefs April 8, 2015

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U.S. approves $952 million sale of helicopters, missiles to Pakistan The Obama administration has notified Congress that it is selling Pakistan $952 million worth of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance. The State Department says the deal would help a vital counterterrorism partner and advance U.S. national security. The 15 Viper…

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NASA selects proposals for ultra-lightweight materials for journey to Mars, beyond

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NASA has selected three proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures. The proposals will mature advanced technologies that will enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft by 40 percent for deep space exploration. “Lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures are one of NASA’s top focus areas capable of…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare cargo for ISS

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Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Stationóranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal itemsóunder an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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NASA joins forces to put satellite eyes on threat to U.S. freshwater

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USGS/NASA Earth Observatory Toxic algal blooms like this one in Lake Erie in 2011 can cause human and animal health risks, fish kills, and degrade drinking water supplies. NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean…

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America successfully completes contractor trials

Posted April 8, 2015 by PO2 Ryan Riley

Navy photograph by PO2 Jonathan A. Colon The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is underway off the coast of San Diego preparing for final contract trials. America is the first ship of its class and is optimized for Marine Corps aviation. The Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), completed final…

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Northrop appoints VP operations, command, control division

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Northrop Grumman annouced it has appointed Christina (Chris) Williams, vice president, operations, for its Command and Control division within the company’s Information Systems sector, effective immediately. Williams will report directly to Sam Abbate, vice president and general manager, Command and Control division, and will have executive responsibility for the division’s business operations including operations optimization,…

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Raytheon completes Mississippi factory expansion

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Raytheon completed a 20,000-square foot addition to its factory in Forest, Miss., already one of the biggest in the state. The extra room will allow the company to support anticipated growth in airborne radar and electronic warfare systems. “Raytheon has been part of this community’s fiber for more than three decades,” Fred Darlington, a vice…

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Gen 3 HEL completes beam quality evaluation

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 8 that an independent measurement team contracted by the U.S. Government has completed beam quality and power measurements of GA-ASIís Gen 3 High Energy Laser System using the Joint Technology Office Government Diagnostic System. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and…

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News Briefs April 6, 2015

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Korean War soldier’s remains to be returned to Richmond The remains of a soldier who had been missing since the Korean War are being returned to Richmond, Va. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the remains of Army Cpl. Lindsey C. Lockett are scheduled to be flown to Richmond April 9. The Department of Defense POW/MIA…

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Army accepts 100th Apache ‘Echo’ model

Posted April 6, 2015 by timchisham

Army photograph by Capt. Jesse Paulsboe Soldiers, from the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., became the first in the Army to field the latest version of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, Feb. 21, 2013. In late March, the Army accepted delivery of the 100th AH-64E Apache helicopter. The “Echo” model is…

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