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Sunshield for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope ready for manufacturing

Posted September 20, 2013 by

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is dominated visually by the tennis-court sized sunshield, which separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold anti-sun side.

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Boeing, ALC finalize order for 30 787-10, three 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and Air Lease Corporation announced Sept. 18 that they have completed an order for 30 787-10 and three 787-9 Dreamliners.

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NASA Curiosity rover detects no methane on Mars

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Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a…

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Air Force Support for a Metamaterial Future

Posted September 20, 2013 by Robert P. White, Ph.D.

Metamaterials have been in the news lately – and not only in technical journals. That is because the attributes of metamaterials are seemingly magical. When arranged just so, these extremely small manmade elements can alter the character of electromagnetic radiation in ways that no other material – either natural or manmade – can. One such…

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International partnership releases space exploration benefits paper

Posted September 20, 2013 by

NASA and the International Space Exploration Coordination Group released a white paper Friday outlining benefits of human exploration of space. The document, titled “Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration,” is the culmination of a dialog between space agencies participating in the ISECG. The goal was to share their views and lessons learned on the nature and significance…

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Missing airmen from Vietnam War identified

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Department of Defense officials with the POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced Sept. 19 that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors Sept. 23…

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Headlines September 18, 2013

Posted September 18, 2013 by

News: F-35 tires wear out too soon, Pentagon finds – Tires that wear out too soon are adding to the trouble’s facing Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system.   Business: Lockheed payments held by U.S. increase to $195 million – The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $195 million in payments from Lockheed Martin because of…

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U.S. Navy expands surveillance mission for Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned aircraft

Posted September 18, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded Sept. 6. The contract will allow Navy commanders to keep closer tabs on activities in the ocean and coastal regions of the Middle East.

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Lockheed Martin awarded $20 million contract to continue supporting NORAD space defense missions

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control program. Under this option, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR to help extend Viability of U.S. Air Force F-16s beyond 2025

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar will help extend the viability of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter aircraft beyond 2025 and help ensure the F-16 remains a vital component of the nation’s fighter force structure. Skip Wagner, director of International Business Development and Strategy for Northrop Grumman’s ISR and Targeting Systems Division, provided details…

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