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DARPA competitors develop robots for disaster response

Posted July 10, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Leaps forward in simulation technology and cloud computing are making it possible for challengers from around the world to compete for support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create robots that can help people during natural and other kinds of disasters.

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Space

NASA satellite provides first view of solar system’s tail

Posted July 10, 2013 by

Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail, based on the first three years of IBEX imagery in a paper published in the July…

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President reviews options for U.S. presence in Afghanistan

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama is reviewing options from his national security team on what the possible U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will look like after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said July 9. The president has the “time and space” to make the decision, Little told reporters at the Pentagon. “Any potential U.S. military presence beyond…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 9. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne complete thruster test for ‘green’ spacecraft fuel

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Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne have met the first milestone in demonstrating a more environmentally friendly spacecraft fuel by completing an end-to-end checkout of the 22 Newton thruster required for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

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Headlines July 8, 2013

Posted July 8, 2013 by

News In difficult year for Boeing, 777 crash may not be major setback The first fatal crash of a Boeing 777 jetliner July 6 may not pose much of a setback to the company, in part because design features of the plane helped prevent burning and break-up that could have led to greater loss of…

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P-8A passes initial operational test, evaluation

Posted July 8, 2013 by

After an extensive testing period, the U.S. Navy announced July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that its new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, was found “operationally effective, operationally suitable, and ready for fleet introduction.”

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P-8A Poseidon fires Harpoon, hits mark

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After approximately six minutes of flight time, one of NAVAIR’s test aircraft successfully launched a Harpoon missile during a live fire event June 24 in California at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

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Northrop Grumman moves new B-2 satellite communications concept to high ground

Posted July 8, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has taken another significant step to reduce the risks and costs associated with producing an extremely high frequency satellite communications system for the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber.

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Long-running NASA/CNES ocean satellite takes final bow

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The curtain has come down on a superstar of the satellite oceanography world that played the “Great Blue Way” of the world’s ocean for 11 1/2 years. The successful joint NASA and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite was decommissioned this week following the loss of its last remaining transmitter. Launched Dec. 7,…

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