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NASA awards environmental compliance, operations contract

Posted March 27, 2013 by

NASA has selected Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tenn., to provide environmental compliance and restoration services at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. The White Sands Test Facility Environmental Compliance and Operations (ECO) contract calls for a two-year base period beginning June 1 and extending through May 31,…

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Air Force Memorial launches new Website

Posted March 27, 2013 by

The Air Force Association recently announced the launch of the new Air Force Memorial website: www.airforcememorial.org. The website has undergone a total redesign to better provide people with information about visiting the memorial, hosting an event, accessing its heritage archives, leaving a tribute for a friend or a family member, and much more. “We encourage…

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Headlines: March 25, 2013

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Business Boeing sets initial 787 check flight, NTSB plans forum Boeing said it plans a two-hour flight of a company-owned 787 airliner March 25 to be followed by ground and flight certification tests of proposed changes to the 787’s lithium ion batteries in coming days. Stop-gap spending measure funds MEADS missile defense A stop-gap spending…

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New space station crew members to launch, dock the same day

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Three new crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station on a six-hour flight to travel from the launch pad to their destination. Chris Cassidy of NASA, along with Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur…

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Northrop Grumman introduces new aircraft attitude, heading reference system for retrofit market

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman is introducing its new LCR-200 Attitude and Heading Reference System, based on micro-electromechanical systems technology, at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s International Convention and Trade Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from March 25-28. The LCR-200, which provides navigation information regarding an aircraft’s position, heading and attitude, features a high-performance, MEMS-based inertial measurement…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted March 25, 2013 by

The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and…

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Planck mission brings universe into sharp focus

Posted March 25, 2013 by

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck’s science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together…

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Raytheon consolidates businesses and announces key executive roles

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Raytheon announced March 25 that it is consolidating its businesses to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. The Raytheon Company structure will consist of four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, resulting from the combination of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Raytheon Technical Services businesses; and the Integrated Defense…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA cargo ready for return to Earth

Posted March 25, 2013 by

More than three weeks after arriving at the International Space Station, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft is ready for the trip back to Earth, now scheduled for March 26. Dragon’s originally scheduled March 25 return date was postponed due to inclement weather developing near its targeted splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean….

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NASA beings new season of Arctic ice science flights

Posted March 25, 2013 by

NASA’s Operation IceBridge scientists have begun another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland completed on Wednesday. A specially equipped P-3B research aircraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., is operating out of airfields in Thule and…

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