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News Briefs February 9, 2015

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U.S. shipload of weapons and ammunition arrives in Lebanon The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon says $25 million worth of military assistance has arrived in Beirut in the latest American aid shipment to Lebanon’s army. David Hale says the equipment includes more than 70 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery ìof all…

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DOD tests next -generation anti-ship missile

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Air Force photograph An Air Force B-1 Bomber releases a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) during a test flight in 2013. The Navy, Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency completed a successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Feb. 4, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon…

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Tinker acquires land for KC-46A Pegasus maintenance

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Air Force illustration An artistís rendering of the future KC-46A Pegasus Maintenance Campus to be built at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. On Feb. 3, 2015, the Air Force acquired the land for the campus. Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., officials announced Feb. 2, the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the southwest side…

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NASA, space station partners announce future mission crew members

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Photographs courtesy of NASA/ESA/JAXA (Top left to bottom right) Expedition 48: Jeff Williams, NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos. Expedition 48/49: Kate Rubins, NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos, and Takuya Onishi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Expedition 49/50: Shane Kimbrough, NASA, Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos, and Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos. Expedition 50:…

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Moon Express continues lander flight tests under NASA Lunar CATALYST program

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAMPD65dvIY&feature=player_embedded Moon Express photograph Moon Express “MTV-1X” during a tethered flight test at NASA KSC in December 2014. The rocket system is fueled by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) so its exhaust is invisible super-heated steam. Moon Express, Inc. has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space Center using the newest version of its…

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Fitz Fulton’s unparalleled lifetime of achievement in flight research

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NASA photograph In 1980 Fulton flew the AD-1, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of an oblique (or pivoting) wing. Distinguished former NASA research pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton Jr., described by colleagues as, The Dean of Flight Test,î died Feb. 4, 2015. He was 89. During a career in the military, civil service…

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SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Feb. 10

Posted February 9, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying. SpaceX called off the Feb. 8 launch attempt because of trouble with the Air Force rocket-tracking radar. The company targeted Feb. 9, but decided to wait until Feb.10 for better weather. That gives SpaceX time to replace a video transmitter on the first-stage booster…

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Key defense suppliers recognized for stellar delivery to warfighters

Posted February 9, 2015 by David Vergun

Getting top-notch materiel to the war fighters in the most cost-effective and efficient manner is what the American public expects of defense contractors. Some do that very well and others not as well as they should, say top Defense Department officials who oversee delivery of such gear. One of the things the military services are…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin sustainment contract for Apache targeting/NVD

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Lockheed Martin received an $82 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December from the U.S. Army for AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system sustainment. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

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Box of live ammo falls from military chopper during training A box of live ammunition accidentally fell from a U.S. military helicopter during a night training exercise over populous South Florida. Miami-Dade police said the box was lost Feb. 4 over an area in the northwest part of the county. Authorities were urging anyone who…

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