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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

Posted November 25, 2013 by

BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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Boeing tests validate performance of FAB-T satellite communications program

Posted November 25, 2013 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeingís Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system. FAB-T will be used in the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. Boeingís tests verified operational capabilities required for the ground and airborne terminal types specified in…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted November 22, 2013 by

EU president says no military solution in Syria EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke Nov. 21 following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers and…

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Navy Awards General Dynamics $17 million for support Services at Groton Submarine Base

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contract modifications worth a total value of $16.8 million to perform nuclear and non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $8.8 million, Electric Boat…

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Boeing delivers third P-8I to India

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The third Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy arrived Nov. 22 in India, on schedule. The aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Station Rajali, where it joined two P-8Is currently undergoing flight trials and testing. The first P-8I arrived in India in May. The P-8I is…

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NASA, Planetary Resources sign agreement to crowd source asteroid detection

Posted November 22, 2013 by

NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and…

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AAR signs partnering agreement with Royal Netherlands Air Force

Posted November 22, 2013 by

AAR announced Nov. 21 that representatives from its Dutch-based AAR Aircraft Component Services ñ Amsterdam business and officials from the Netherlands Ministry of Defenseís Royal Netherlands Air Force signed †a partnering agreement that allows AAR ACS to provide new and expanded component repair services using equipment at Logistic Center Woensdrecht. The agreement paves the way…

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Warrior Power: ONR, veterans plugged in on alternative energy

Posted November 22, 2013 by David Smalley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeACsN-2IF4&feature=youtu.be An innovative Office of Naval Research program is looking to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans for the cutting edge in alternative energy-and is highlighted this week in a new video released during the Navy’s Warrior Care Month. The Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program, or ESTEP, answers the call for renewable energy made…

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NASA missions study ‘watershed’ cosmic explosion in unparalleled detail

Posted November 22, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uN1AjMui5k&feature=player_embedded On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based…

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