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NASA ER-2 aircraft continues Earth ecosystem research

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Dean Neeley and Jeff Myers This color infrared composite image is made from three spectral bands of NASA’s MASTER instrument mounted on the agency’s high-altitude ER-2. The red areas depict green vegetation in Las Vegas on May 30. 2014. A study of Earth’s ecosystems and how they function is continuing in Southern…

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NASA announces award recipients for space station research flight opportunity

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include…

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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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Special Olympics

Posted June 18, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph courtesy of Linda Sherar TSgt. Della Santiago, 412 CPTS/CSS and 54 airmen from Edwards Air Force Base award medals, give high-fives and hugs to athletes during a Special Olympics event at Palmdale High School May 10, 2014. Palmdale is an official host town for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25-Aug….

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SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Posted June 18, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander’s retirement and 91 other airmen…

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR, Hellfire II missiles score direct hits during ground-vehicle launch tests

Posted June 18, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin successfully fired Hellfire and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle turreted weapon system during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The LRSAV is a fully integrated, turreted, ground-vehicle weapon system. It uses advanced missile and weapon control-system technologies and a newly developed 15-inch, spherical, mast-mounted electro-optical/infrared…

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News Briefs June 16, 2014

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Drone training on the rise in New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., is devoting more and more time to training pilots in the use of drones. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of students learning how to operate remotely piloted aircraft at the Alamogordo base has multiplied. Holloman officials say more than 700…

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S-97 RAIDERô helicopter powered on for first time

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced June 16 it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new and first light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies…

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Fire Scout conducts flight with new radar

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Navy photograph The MQ-8 Fire Scout prepares to land after its† first flight with a new maritime surface search radar June 16 at Webster Field Annex, Md. This upgrade will increase the situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment.† Fire Scout’s deployment with the new radar is planned for 2015.

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Lockheed Martin to provide gyrocam sensor systems to Canada

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Lockheed Martin will provide eight Gyrocam sensor systems to the Canadian Department of National Defense under a foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. The sensor systems, which will be delivered in third quarter 2014, will be installed on Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Canada classified the Gyrocam sensor systems contract…

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