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JSF ITF reaches historic sortie milestone at lightning speed

Posted August 21, 2015 by Jet Fabara

Lockheed Martin photograph During the month of July, the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force flew 76 sorties, making it a first for the ITF involving a new monthly flying record. The Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, which oversees all three test variants of the F-35 Lightning II, has proved its resolve to test…

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NASA extends Raytheon contract for facilities that support human spaceflight

Posted August 21, 2015 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas. The NBL is the pool NASA uses for astronaut spacewalk training and testing scenarios and new equipment. Raytheon provides maintenance and operations support at the facility. NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded to Raytheon a contract extension with a potential value of $101.9 million. Raytheon…

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$2 million Pentagon grant to benefit Nevada sage grouse

Posted August 21, 2015 by Scott Sonner

RENO, Nev.–State and federal land managers working to keep the greater sage grouse off the list of endangered species have secured a $2 million grant from the Pentagon to help finance habitat restoration beneath thousands of square miles of U.S. Navy training airspace in Nevada. The money recently was approved by the Defense Department’s Military…

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Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 percent

Posted August 21, 2015 by Lolita C. Baldor

Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 percent over the next several years. The Pentagon decided to add Army and civilian-operated missions to the mix because the Air Force, which had been running about 65 combat air patrol missions a day,…

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Business

Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib compatible with M198 howitzer

Posted August 21, 2015 by

The U.S. Army’s Excalibur Program Office has determined that Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided artillery round is fully compatible with the M198 howitzer when used with the Modular Artillery Charge System. The compatibility allows allied military forces to use the world’s only 155 mm precision munition when firing the M198 howitzer. Excalibur extends the M198’s…

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Air Force, government space officials visit Northrop Grumman facility

Posted August 21, 2015 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force, Lisa S. Disbrow, and top Department of Defense space officials met with Northrop Grumman leadership at the company’s Space Park facility Aug. 20. Their tour follows discussions held at Space Park last week during a visit by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and…

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News Briefs August 19, 2015

Posted August 19, 2015 by

Two fighter jets collide on ground at Nellis AFB Base officials didn’t disclose whether pilots were hurt or the amount of damage to two U.S. Air Force fighter jets that collided on the ground during the weekend at Nellis Air Force, Nev. A statement from the 99th Air Base Wing public affairs office said the…

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Space

Send your name to Mars on NASA’s next Red Planet mission

Posted August 19, 2015 by

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASAís journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year. “Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface,” said Jim Green, director of…

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NASA begins to build satellite mission to improve hurricane forecasting

Posted August 19, 2015 by

SwRI photograph Engineers begin construction of the first of eight microsatellites for NASAís Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Communication antennas, attitude control, GPS receiver, and other instrumentation will be installed on the satellite frame in the coming weeks. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the…

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NASA awards grants to expand STEM education at minority serving institutions

Posted August 19, 2015 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has selected†five universities for cooperative agreement awards totaling $6 million to provide educator training and expand course offerings in science, technology, engineering and math. Four universities were selected to receive MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement grants, which provide up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of three…

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