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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science from space station

Posted May 19, 2014 by

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m., EDT, May 18 in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will…

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GPS IIF-6 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted May 19, 2014 by

ULA photograph A Delta IV rocket lifts the Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite into space May 16, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIF-6 is the sixth in a series of 12 next generation GPS satellites. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. The Air Force…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide upper-stage propulsion for revolutionary Eagles Launch System

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has received a contract from Stratolaunch Systems Corporation to provide six RL10C-1 production engines, with an option to provide an additional six RL10C-1 production engines at a later date, for the third stage of a revolutionary commercial air-launch system. The inaugural launch of Thunderbolt, the air-launch vehicle designed and developed…

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New Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Kirtland cleanup work to start with pilot project The Air Force is going to start small but says it’ll meet a July 1 deadline to begin cleaning up a long-ago fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and avoid state-threatened fines of up to $10,000 per day. The Albuquerque Journal reports that a pilot…

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Raytheon Missile Systems receives prestigious manufacturing award

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Raytheon Company’s Missile Systems business received the 2014 Excellence in Innovation award from the Arizona Manufacturers Council during a ceremony in Phoenix. The award recognizes RMS for outstanding achievement in innovative manufacturing. “Raytheon strives to leverage the latest technology in designing the best possible products for all of our customers,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Missile…

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NASA’s newest wind watcher arrives at launch site

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NASA photograph by Dimitri Gerondidakis Components of NASA’s International Space Station-RapidScat instrument rest side by side in Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility after arrival. ISS-RapidScat will measure Earth’s ocean surface wind speed and direction from the station, data that will be used for weather and marine forecasting. A new NASA Earth-observing mission that…

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Researchers develop hands-free, eyes-free navigation for soldiers

Posted May 16, 2014 by Joyce M. Conant

Army photograph by Korey Mort Bruce Mortimer, director of Research and Development, Engineering Acoustics, Inc., Casselberry, Fla., provides training to the Soldiers prior to field assessments. Soldiers quickly learned how to use a tactile navigation system, and attained proficiency with the signals within 10-15 minutes. Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to develop…

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U.S. Air Force’s Newest Rock Star Flies to Arkansas

Posted May 16, 2014 by John Rossino

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received another C-130J Super Hercules airlifter on May 15. Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. Bash is a command pilot who has logged…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is smaller than ever measured

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Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth – has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot†† now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed…

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Air Force moves closer to KC-46A beddown

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

Courtesy photograph Several projects will break ground at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., in the upcoming weeks, including construction of one- and two-bay hangars like those depicted in this rendering. The construction is part of the beddown effort for the Air Forceís new fleet of KC-46A aerial tankers, expected to arrive in 2016. The Air…

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