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NASA selects new suborbital technology payloads, total tops 130

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space. This latest selection represents the eighth cycle of NASA’s Announcement of…

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Business

Northrop Grumman flies first production smart node pod

Posted April 4, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force. Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of…

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Tech

Recalling a record: X-43A Scramjet set new hypersonic record a decade ago

Posted April 2, 2014 by Peter Merlin

On March 27, 2004, NASA’s X-43A shattered existing speed records for aircraft with air-breathing engines when the scramjet-powered vehicle reached a speed of Mach 6.83 (4,900 mph) during a brief flight over the Pacific Ocean.

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Veterans

Hagel orders overhaul of POW/MIA identification agencies

Posted April 2, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 31 that he’s ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon agencies responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of America’s war dead. The reorganization seeks to consolidate the mission, improve efficiency and increase the number of remains identified by the two key agencies charged with POW-MIA accounting efforts — the…

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Defense

Our Armed Forces in action

Posted April 2, 2014 by

A quick look back at service men and women at the beginning of this year:   Army photograph by Sgt. Eric Provost Supporting Jalalabad’s police U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Perez helps secure the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Jalalabad Feb. 3, 2014, while Security Force Advise and Assist Team Blue with 4th Brigade Combat Team,…

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Headlines March 31, 2014

Posted March 31, 2014 by

News: North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed sea border – North Korea conducted extensive live-fire military drills off its southern coast March 31, some of its artillery shells falling south of the disputed sea border with South Korea, in a military provocation that came a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests….

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Defense

Navy weapons program delivers new capability for H-60 helicopters

Posted March 31, 2014 by

A modernized rocket launcher will soon enable MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to carry and deploy a variety of weapons for the first time.

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Defense

Pilot mentoring program propels the future of hypersonics, young engineers

Posted March 31, 2014 by Raquel March

Hypersonic research and several young engineers are reaping the benefits of a pilot mentoring program at Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9, White Oak, Md.

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Defense

R/V Neil Armstrong: One small step will mean giant leap for Navy’s research fleet

Posted March 31, 2014 by Eric Beidel,

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder joined family members of the late Neil Armstrong March 29 to christen the Navy's newest research ship, named for the legendary astronaut and first man to walk on the moon.

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In the news...

Headlines March 28, 2014

Posted March 28, 2014 by

News: Air Force’s X-37B space plane shatters orbital endurance record – The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane has broken its own all-time endurance record in orbit after more than 470 days of circling the Earth on a mystery mission for the American military.  Soyuz spacecraft docks with space station after unexpected glitch – Arriving fashionably…

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