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NASA’s Hubble space telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets

Posted March 28, 2014 by

NASA released an image March 27 of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars – less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance…

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DARPAs role to change whats possible, director says

Posted March 28, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

As part of the Defense Department’s science and technology community, the role of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to change what’s possible, the DARPA director said March 26. DARPA makes pivotal early investments that allow the department to “take big steps forward in our national security capabilities, Arati Prabhakar told members of the…

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News Briefs March 26, 2014

Posted March 26, 2014 by

U.S. military: Budget cuts hurt readiness in Asia Top U.S. military officers in the Asia-Pacific region say budget cuts could hurt the ability of American forces to respond to a security crisis, including on the Korean peninsula. Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear says U.S. allies are starting to question U.S. ìstaying powerî as a guarantor…

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Seventeen and counting

Posted March 26, 2014 by Todd McQueen

Lockheed Martin delivered its 17th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., March 25. It is the first C-5M delivery for 2014. U.S. Air Force aircrews will deliver the aircraft tail number 87-0020 to Dover Air Force Base, Del. after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base,…

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NASA solicits new collaborative partnerships with commercial space industry

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Building on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities. “The growing U.S. commercial spaceflight industry is opening low-Earth orbit in ways that will improve lives on Earth, drive economic growth and power 21st…

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Speed to the fleet: PMA-207 completes accelerated KC-130J transition

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Lockheed Martin photograph The first KC-130J aircraft joins Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 234 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas on March 18 ñ an entire year ahead of schedule, thanks to NAVAIRís Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Program Office (PMA-207). The VMGR-234 transition from the KC-130T to the…

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DRS Technologies to provide communications support to Royal Australian Navy Frigates

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DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced March 25 that its Canadian subsidiary will be providing communications systems in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC-class frigates. The subcontract was awarded to DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. in support of a communications modernization contract by Selex ES. †DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (TCL) is the primary subcontractor to…

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First images available from NASA-JAXA global rain, snowfall satellite

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NASA/JAXA image NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched into space Feb. 27. The images show precipitation falling inside a March 10 cyclone over the northwest Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,000 miles east of Japan….

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Additional fiscal 2014 civilian workforce shaping now parallel with military programs

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Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel…

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Turkmenistan Airlines takes delivery of its First 777-200LR

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Boeing March 26 delivered the first 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger aircraft to Turkmenistan’s national flag carrier, Turkmenistan Airlines. The airplane is the first of two 777-200LRs Turkmenistan Airlines has on order. The delivery coincided with the opening of a new terminal at the Ashgabat International airport. “Boeing and Turkmenistan Airlines have been partners for more…

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