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NASA selects 31 space biology research proposals

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NASA’s Space Biology Program will fund 31 proposals to help investigate how cells, plants and animals respond to changes in gravity. These studies will result in new basic knowledge that provides a foundation on which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches and countermeasures to problems confronting human exploration of space, or that translate…

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Lab effort to cut costs for Navy’s Triton UAS program

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An engineer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River is leading an initiative that will save the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System program several hundred thousand dollars.

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Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB

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Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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National Technical Systems tests NASA lunar satellite

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National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced May 29 it completed a series of qualification tests on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a satellite that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the moon’s surface and environmental influences on lunar…

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Teams prepare for NASA $1.5 million robot challenge

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Eleven teams from across the country and around the globe are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA’s 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Teams will demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human…

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Headlines May 29, 2013

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News Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Somalia A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.   Business Pratt & Whitney finalizes $1 billion F-35 jet engine deal Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corps, said May 28 that has finalized a $1 billion deal…

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U.S., EU lead global nonproliferation, biosurveillance efforts

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said May 28 in Helsinki. Andrew C. Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, spoke at a meeting of the…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines boost latest communication satellite into orbit

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines provided the power to successfully place the fifth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) communication satellites into orbit May 24 for the U.S. military. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket with…

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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted May 29, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became the first Predator to pass 20,000 flying hours over Afghanistan, a feat equivalent to flying 15 hours every other day, for 2,667 days.

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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

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The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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