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NASA solicits new collaborative partnerships with commercial space industry

Posted March 26, 2014 by

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

Posted March 26, 2014 by

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

Posted March 26, 2014 by

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

Posted March 26, 2014 by

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

Posted March 26, 2014 by

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

Posted March 26, 2014 by

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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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Pentagon reviews will focus on military medals The Pentagon has begun three separate reviews on how military medals are awarded. The move follows criticism over the military’s inability to recognize heroism in incidents such as the Fort Hood shootings, and criticism about now-shelved plans to create an award for drone pilots. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Headlines March 21, 2014

Posted March 24, 2014 by

News: U.S. considers sanctions against Russian defense sector - President Barack Obama threatened sanctions against Moscows defense sector March 20 upon announcing the American government would punish 16 individuals in Russian President Vladimir Putins inner circle in response to the countrys invasion of Ukraine. Pentagon proposes cuts to Ukraine military aid - The Obama administration proposed a…

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at increased production rate

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The first Boeing Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Wash. , March 19. The 737-800 will soon be delivered to Air Berlin and ultimately leased to Transavia France. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the…

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Precision Castparts expands aerostructures capabilities with acquisition of Aerospace Dynamics International

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Precision Castparts has agreed to acquire Aerospace Dynamics International from The Marvin Group for $625 million. ADI is one of the premier suppliers in the aerospace industry, operating a wide range of high-speed machining centers. ADI has developed particular expertise in large complex components, hard metal machining, and critical assemblies. The company has strong positions…

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