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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

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NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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NASA center ceremony honors two aerospace legends

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NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich A black cloak is pulled to reveal the new name of NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center to conclude ceremonies May 13 honoring the center’s new designation. Two aerospace legends and their families were honored at a formal dedication ceremony May 13, marking the rededication of NASA’s Armstrong Flight…

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Only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world coming to Lancaster

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Residents of Lancaster, Calif., will experience ìhands onî history next week when the Commemorative Air Forceís iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, lands at Fox Field accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and several other vintage World War II airplanes. The airplanes will be on display May 19 through 21. Visitors will be able to tour…

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From idea to market in eight years, DARPA-fFunded DEKA Arm System earns FDA approval

Posted May 14, 2014 by

DAPRA photograph The DEKA Arm System is capable of handling objects as delicate as grapes and eggs and also manipulating power tools, such as a hand drill. DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that…

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Lockheed Martin integrates latest ground control station technology with Fury UAS

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To increase expeditionary capabilities in its long endurance Group 3 Unmanned Aerial System, Lockheed Martin recently fielded its newest Expeditionary Ground Control Station, or xGCS , for use with the Fury UAS. Following its development and manufacturing in Huntsville, Ala., xGCS shipped and was integrated with Fury in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The first xGCS…

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News Briefs May 12, 2014

Posted May 12, 2014 by

Hagel: Military should review transgender ban Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should continually review its policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, Hagel says every qualified American who wants to serve the country should have that opportunity if…

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Analysts see significant breakthrough in recent F-35 orders

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Recent decisions by the Australian and Turkish governments are signaling a major upturn for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, undoubtedly the brightest star in the future military aircraft market. In April, the Australian government approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35A aircraft. Following a 2009 decision to purchase 14 F-35As, the 58…

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General Dynamics awarded $163 million for Stryker double-V hull production

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General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $163 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert 93 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull design. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The majority of work will be completed at…

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NASA highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

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NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nationís small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off May 12….

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DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says

Posted May 12, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the war fighters for the readiness…

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