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Space

Hubble uncovers largest known group of star clusters, clues to dark matter

Posted September 13, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies known as Abell 1689.

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Army photograph by Sgt. Kimberly Trumbull
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Tech

Centcom program bridges scientific, technological gaps

Posted September 13, 2013 by Donna Miles

Step onto an elevator beside Martin Drake, U.S. Central Command’s chief science and technology adviser, and one might be surprised to hear him deliver to perfect strangers an unclassified tutorial he calls “Science and Technology 101.”

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Veterans

Airmen missing from World War II accounted for

Posted September 13, 2013 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 12 that two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort,…

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Headlines September 11, 2013

Posted September 11, 2013 by

News: House panel rolls out short-term 2014 CR - A House panel introduced legislation to avert a government shutdown by funding the Pentagon and other federal agencies at fiscal 2013 levels until mid-December. With the Senate unable to pass appropriations bills, a stopgap funding measure called a continuing resolution will be needed to keep the federal…

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Business

Raytheon’s SM-3, AN/TPY-2 successful in operational ballistic missile defense test

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile and AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar played integral roles in the success of Flight Test Operational-01, the Missile Defense Agency’s operational test of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. During the test, a SM-3 Block IA guided missile fired from the USS Decatur (DDG 73) intercepted a medium-range…

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Defense

KC-46 tanker ‘on cost, on schedule,’ acting SecAF says

Posted September 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Force’s KC-46 air refueling tanker project is “on cost and on schedule,” Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said here Sept. 9. In an interview with American Forces Press Service, Fanning said the program “is in a real healthy place.” The Air Force will buy 179 of the aircraft to replace the venerable…

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Business

Thales, Inmarsat sign memorandum of agreement for connectivity

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Thales, leader in In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity and Inmarsat, global provider of mobile satellite services, have today signed a Memorandum of Agreement to add Thales as a partner in marketing Inmarsat’s connectivity solutions to the commercial aviation market. Inmarsat Aviation provides the ultimate in connectivity for a consistent global experience for the whole aircraft, from…

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Defense

Navy autonomous aerial refueling tests underway

Posted September 11, 2013 by

The Navy continues to demonstrate multiple technologies that promise to significantly increase the endurance and range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

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Air Force photograph by Lt. Col. Jason Terry
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Defense

C-130s return from fighting Western blazes

Posted September 11, 2013 by Ann Skarban

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, aircrews and maintainers returned Aug. 30 after providing support to U.S. Forest Service aerial firefighting operations in the Western U.S.

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Business

U.S. Army awards Raytheon $54 million for Excalibur Ib

Posted September 11, 2013 by

The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon a $54 million contract for the procurement of the second lot of the Excalibur Ib artillery round. The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on Raytheon’s combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2, a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect…

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