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NASA telescopes find clear skies, water vapor on exoplanet

Posted September 26, 2014 by

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. “This discovery…

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Defense

NAVSEA successfully completes implementation of new surface ship maintenance process

Posted September 26, 2014 by

The Navy’s Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program announced Sept. 25 the successful completion of the Baseline Availability Work Package/Availability Work Package process for all surface ships, thereby meeting a major milestone in the Navy’s continued effort to improve surface ship maintenance. All surface ships now have an articulated, technically rigorous and engineered maintenance oversight process…

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Business

U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $311 million for nuclear-sub support work

Posted September 26, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $311 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under this option, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering, material and logistics support, and research and development activities for…

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News Briefs September 24, 2014

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Minuteman 3 test missile launches from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg at 7:45 a.m., PDT, Sept. 23 on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll. The Air Force…

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Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8×8 vehicle aces brutal Nevada Automotive Test Center course

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8×8 pushes through rocky terrain at the Nevada Automotive Test Center. Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8×8 Armored Modular Vehicle successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s challenging Butte Mountain Trail course, one of the most severe off-road test tracks in the world. Teamed with Patria, Havoc is Lockheed Martin’s entry…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar proves capabilities in performance tests

Posted September 24, 2014 by

MEADS International photograph MEADS multifunction fire control radar proves capabilities in performance tests. The Medium Extended Air Defense System program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar at Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of…

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ATK offers solid solution to U.S. Air Force’s RD-180 replacement request

Posted September 24, 2014 by

ATK has provided the U.S. Air Force an American-made commercial solid rocket solution as a replacement for the RD-180 Russian-made, first-stage engine of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle. “ATK’s solid rocket propulsion solution provides a cost-effective, reliable solution based on advanced technology,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK’s Aerospace Group. “I am confident…

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Business

Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar completes design reviews, prepares for delivery

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Demonstrating the maturity of its active electronically scanned array radar technologies, Northrop Grumman has successfully concluded all engineering and manufacturing development design reviews for the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar in just 12 months. Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 SABR is a direct replacement for legacy F-16 radars and includes fifth-generation radar capabilities, the largest synthetic aperture…

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Veterans

VA updates disability claims application

Posted September 24, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 24 that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and…

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SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

Posted September 24, 2014 by Christopher Sherman

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Sept 22. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes…

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