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ATK awarded DARPA study contract

Posted April 22, 2013 by

ATK was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va. for the Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements program. SeeMe seeks to develop enabling technologies to provide reliable surveillance data to the war fighter in the field, using small, low-cost satellites that are launched quickly to support the…

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NASA’s Kepler discovers its smallest ‘habitable zone’ planets to date

Posted April 22, 2013 by

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the “habitable zone,” the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. The Kepler-62 system has five planets; 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has…

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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Raytheon has delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard…

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AF leaders highlight space program successes, address fiscal 2014 budget

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Space today is in as good a position as it’s been in a very long time, said Richard McKinney, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space. McKinney, along with Dr. Jamie Morin, the acting under secretary of the Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Robert McMurry, the director of space programs for the…

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Report: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases

Posted April 22, 2013 by Donna Cassata

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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Senate confirms Fanning as next Air Force under secretary

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Eric Fanning will be the next Air Force under secretary, according to a Senate confirmation vote April 18.

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NASA successfully launches three smart phone satellites

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The trio of “PhoneSats” is operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space. The goal of NASA’s PhoneSat mission…

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After 62 years, Korean War Medal of Honor recipient rests in American soil

Posted April 22, 2013 by by David Vergun

Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., a World War II and Korean War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., April 17

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Headlines April 15, 2013

Posted April 15, 2013 by

Business Contractors spinning off divisions as Defense budget ax falls Pentagon budget cuts were supposed to herald a wave of consolidation in the defense industry. Instead, they’re prompting contractors to shrink by spinning off divisions.   Defense Pacific shift: $527 billion request includes less for Army, more for Air Force The Pentagon’s $527 billion fiscal…

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Pratt & Whitney completes U.S. Air Force C-17 program of record for F117 production install engines

Posted April 15, 2013 by

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has completed production install F117 engine deliveries for the U.S. Air Force, marking more than 20 years of successfully powering the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The engines were recently shipped to Triumph Aerostructures in Dallas, Texas for nacelle installation and will then ship to Boeing’s final…

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