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NASA’s Opals to beam data from space via laser

Posted July 12, 2013 by

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacecraft communications, enhance commercial missions and strengthen transmission of scientific data. The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, an optical technology demonstration experiment, could improve NASA’s data rates for communications with future spacecraft by a factor of 10 to…

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United States to deliver fighter jets to Egypt

Posted July 12, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

The U.S. is moving ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite the ongoing debate about the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and whether it legally constitutes a coup that could shut off aid to the country. Defense officials say senior administration leaders discussed the delivery and decided to let…

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Air Force chief scientist addresses future

Posted July 12, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The Air Force chief scientist addressed members of the Air Force Association about the Global Horizons study, which looks into the near and long-term application of science and technology in the force. Dr. Mica Endsley, who was recently appointed as the 34th Air Force chief scientist, focused her talk around the future of air, space,…

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Boeing receives contract to support Australia’s Vigilare system

Posted July 12, 2013 by

Through a five-year, $60.45 million (66.7 million Australian) with the Australian Department of Defence, Boeing will provide enhanced support services for Vigilare, the air defense command and control system that is giving the Australian Defence Force unparalleled ground and airborne situational awareness. Through remediation of the multiyear performance-based contract, signed on July 1, Boeing Defence…

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News Briefs July 10, 2013

Posted July 10, 2013 by

Subcommittee approves NASA reauthorization bill The Space Subcommittee July 10 approved a draft bill to reauthorize programs at NASA for two years, including a topline budget of $16.8 billion dollars for the agency, which is consistent with the requirements of the Budget Control Act. My goal is to ensure that Congress ñ and this subcommittee…

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Lockheed Martin’s LRLAP projectile scores four-of-four in tests for U.S. Navy

Posted July 10, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Land Attack Projectile recently completed four engineering verification flight tests, as part of the U.S. Navy’s System Design and Development program. During the tests conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., four projectiles were fired at various hard and soft targets located 45 nautical miles downrange. All four targets were destroyed….

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Navy to attempt first unmanned carrier landing

Posted July 10, 2013 by Brock Vergakis

The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time July 10, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of…

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GPS system improved as new Boeing satellite enters service

Posted July 10, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Global Positioning System, which †millions of people use every day for precise navigation and timing, recently became more accurate and reliable as the fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite began operating in the U.S. Air Force network. Launched May 15, that satellite was handed over to the Air Force after 19…

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NASA selects seven projects for 2014 X-Hab Innovation Challenge

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NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected seven projects from six universities to participate in the 2014 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the undergraduate student teams will attempt to meet a series of milestones to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems and concepts that could be used…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

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NASA and its international partners have appointed three International Space Station crew members to round out future expeditions to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese Exploration Aerospace Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are scheduled to launch in June 2015. They will join three Expedition 44 crew…

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