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Boeing TDRS-L relay satellite sends first signals from space

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L after a successful launch Jan. 23, bolstering the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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First Luke F-35 pilot training at Eglin

Posted January 24, 2014 by SSgt. Timothy Boyer and A1C Pedro Mota

Flying is a concept that captures the imagination of some people at a very young age; hence the success of characters like Peter Pan, Superman and even a flying house in the 2009 movie "Up."

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Northrop Grumman-built BAMS-D UAV surpasses 10,000 combat flying hours

Posted January 24, 2014 by

The Northrop Grumman built unmanned demonstrator aircraft used for maritime surveillance missions by the U.S. Navy surpassed 10,000 combat flying hours supporting intelligence-gathering missions in the Middle East.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation announces new space plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Posted January 24, 2014 by

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from…

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Pentagon to review strategic nuclear deterrence mission

Posted January 24, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said Jan. 23. At a Pentagon press briefing, Kirby said the secretary still has confidence in the strategic deterrence force, but seeks to upgrade the entire…

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PACOM keys capabilities to 21st-century Asia-Pacific

Posted January 24, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track, and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today’s weapon systems in what Pacom commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III calls “the most militarized region in the world.” Locklear briefed the press at the Pentagon Jan. 23 on Pacom’s progress…

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Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Boeing has rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at the rate of 10 airplanes per month.

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover yields more data on changes to Mars’ environment

Posted January 24, 2014 by

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

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Boeing, UAE partners look to harvest biofuel from desert plants

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted January 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program. Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research…

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