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NASA completes first internal review of concepts for asteroid redirect mission

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA has completed the first step toward a mission to find and capture a near-Earth asteroid, redirect it to a stable lunar orbit and send humans to study it. In preparation for fiscal year 2014, a mission formulation review on Tuesday brought together NASA leaders from across the country to examine internal studies proposing multiple…

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Boeing Defence Australia takes on prime role for Wedgetail sustainment

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Boeing Defence Australia, a local subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control fleet from Boeing in the United States. The move ensures a continued high level of readiness for the nation’s command and control aircraft fleet. Through a…

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Principle agreement reached on two lower cost F-35 contracts

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin reached an agreement in principle for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts (Low-Rate Initial Production lots 6 and 7), which is expected to include 71 stealth fighter aircraft and continue a reduction in F-35 aircraft pricing. The contracting effort spanned six months from proposal…

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General Dynamics awarded $33 million for U.S. Navy Aegis illuminators

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General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $32.6 million multi-year contract by the U.S. Navy for the production of MK82 gun and guided-missile directors and MK200 director controllers for six Aegis Weapon System ship sets. The MK82 director, commanded by the MK200 controller, positions the fire control antenna to illuminate targets and provide…

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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

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Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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Boeing, ANA announce order for three 777-300ERs

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Boeing and All Nippon Airways has announced that ANA has ordered three additional 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes.

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals forces controlling Saturn moon jets

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The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. This…

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Reunions and events for August 2013

Posted July 31, 2013 by

555th Civil Eng Squadron Heavy Repair “Red Horse” (Vietnam) San Antonio, Texas Aug. 5-8 For more information, call Audra Ainsworth at (936) 675-4560 or email audraains@yahoo.com.   Retired Fire Chiefs Wilmington, N.C. Aug. 6-8 For more information, call Charles Richardson at (386) 760-6286 or email clardb@att.net.   Vietnam Guntruckers and all trans units Indianapolis, Ind….

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NASA’s Chandra sees eclipsing planet in s-rays for first time

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For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.

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Headlines July 29, 2013

Posted July 29, 2013 by

News: Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule. A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration from moving…

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