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LVAC: Advancing technology readiness of SLS adaptive controls

Posted April 2, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA Armstrong’s highly modified F/A-18A Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft No. 853 validated the effectiveness of the Adaptive Augmenting Controller developed by NASA Marshall engineers for the Space Launch System. Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket?…

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NASA photoraphs by Dominic Hart
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NASA centers represented at California Aerospace Day

Posted April 2, 2014 by

NASA photoraphs by Dominic Hart Andres Martinez of the Mission Design Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center discusses the design of a small satellite developed at NASA Ames with NASA Armstrong director David McBride and NASA Ames director Pete Worden at a California Aerospace Day exhibit at the state capitol in Sacramento. David McBride, director…

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Defense

Air Force names 2013 Sijan award winners

Posted April 2, 2014 by Sammie King

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas ñ Two officers and two enlisted Airmen have been named the 2013 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winners, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The Sijan award, first presented in 1981, was named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor….

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Marand delivers first Australian-made vertical tails For F-35 Lightning II

Posted April 2, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The Honorable Dr. Denis Napthine, premier of Victoria, sitting in the F-35 full-scale mock, was among the 250 distinguished guests and employees attending a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, commemorating the delivery of the first ship of Australian-made F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter vertical tails.í A ceremony was held March 31 at…

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News Briefs March 31, 2014

Posted March 31, 2014 by

U.S. military chief in Israel at time of tensions The U.S. military chief has kicked off a visit to Israel at a time of heightened tensions with Israel’s defense minister. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon tried to portray business as usual March 30,…

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Air Force looks to cost-effective technologies to sustain future operations

Posted March 31, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Focused and balanced investments in science and technology programs across the services were at the center of discussions during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committees subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threat and Capabilities on Capitol Hill, March 26. Dr. David Walker, Air Force deputy assistant secretary of science, technology and engineering, stressed the importance…

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Military officials testify on sequestration, readiness

Posted March 31, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

Sequestration would degrade military readiness, senior military officials recently told a Senate panel. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, vice chief of staff; Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant; Air Force Gen. Larry O. Spencer, vice chief of staff; and Navy Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet…

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High-speed CARS in use at AEDC

Posted March 31, 2014 by Vicki Peters

Courtesy photograph Two hollow-core fibers (pink-colored at right) provide remote CARS measurements at the exhaust plane of the J85 engine at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. As gas-turbine and hypersonic propulsion systems advance, so must the diagnostic measurement systems used in testing them. The Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Spectroscopy System is a development…

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Space

NASA awards launch services contract for CYGNSS mission

Posted March 31, 2014 by

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission. CYGNSS will launch in October 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. This is a firm-fixed price launch-service task order contract worth approximately $55 million….

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Business

Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne achieve expanded operational range for green propellant infusion mission

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne exceeded the technical range objective for the main thruster that will fly aboard the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. This mission will demonstrate in a space environment, a “green” propellant known as AF-M315E, to replace the highly toxic hydrazine and complex bi-propellant systems in-use today. “This is an…

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