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NASA awards environmental engineering, occupational health services contract

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to HPM Corp. of Kennewick, Wash., to provide environmental engineering and occupational health services to the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract begins Nov. 1. It has a maximum value of $29.5 million with a potential performance period of five…

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Navy warships built in Wisconsin draw federal scrutiny

Posted August 23, 2013 by

A federal watchdog agency is raising concerns over the U.S. Navy’s $40 billion littoral combat ship program, which supports more than 1,200 Wisconsin jobs and pumps millions of dollars into the state’s economy. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report questioning whether the warships perform as expected. The report identified deficiencies with certain core…

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Astronomers use Hubble images for movies featuring space slinky

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Astronomers have assembled, from more than 13 years of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a series of time-lapse movies showing a jet of superheated gas – 5,000 light-years long – as it is ejected from a supermassive black hole. The movies promise to give astronomers a better understanding of how black holes shape galaxy…

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ATK delivers backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted August 23, 2013 by

ATK has shipped the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Marshall Space Flight Center, completing an important milestone for the most powerful space telescope ever to be built.

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U.S. military will remain strong despite budget cuts, Hagel tells Hawaii Marines

Posted August 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Marines and sailors in Hawaii Aug. 22 that despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world’s best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them. Hagel kicked off a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia with a troop talk at Marine Corps…

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NASA selects advanced research, technology contract

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association of Columbia, Md., to support research and technology efforts at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $65 million during a 4 1/2-year performance period beginning Oct. 1. USRA will support applied research in Glenn’s core competencies…

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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The event comes less than two months after the KC-46 program began to…

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Retired NASA astronaut, research test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies

Posted August 23, 2013 by

C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76.

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UTC Aerospace Systems to supply landing gear for Boeing 737 MAX

Posted August 23, 2013 by

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to manufacture landing gear for the new Boeing 737 MAX. The contract calls for UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nose and main landing gear in addition to the main gear side struts. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems will…

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NASA partner completes second Dream Chaser captive-carry test

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser spacecraft Aug. 22, at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

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