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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills seven

Posted May 1, 2013 by Rahim Faiez

A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff April 29, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Taliban’s claims are false.” It said the…

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Edwards Civ-Mil selects 2013 projects; honors contributors

Posted May 1, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The April Edwards Civilian-Military support Group directors meeting discussed the 2013 project for the base, and verified the annual barbecue date. They also heard reports on the AV Board of Trade Washington, D.C., tour and the California Space Week celebration in Sacramento. Several projects for the base were discussed. Rehabilitation of the name plaques at…

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Tech

NASA rover prototype set to explore Greenland ice sheet

Posted May 1, 2013 by

NASA's newest scientific rover is set for testing May 3 through June 8 in the highest part of Greenland.

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Veterans

VA withholds disability claims executives’ bonuses

Posted May 1, 2013 by Kevin Freking

The Department of Veterans Affairs is withholding bonuses for senior officials who oversee disability claims, citing a failure to meet performance goals for reducing a sizable backlog in claims processing. The backlog has increased dramatically over the past three years, and the department has come under intense criticism from veterans groups and members of Congress…

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Headlines April 29, 2013

Posted April 29, 2013 by

News Four service members die in plane crash in Afghanistan, NATO says Four international service members have died in a plane crash in southern Afghanistan. Initial reporting of the April 27 crash indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time, NATO said. Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in…

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Space

Herschel completes its ‘cool’ journey into space

Posted April 29, 2013 by

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. The European Space Agency mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe’s “coolest” secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation. “Herschel…

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Army says fiscal year 2014 budget request ‘meets future challenges’

Posted April 29, 2013 by David Vergun

The fiscal year 2014 budget "meets future challenges, strengthens global engagements, provides for resets, sustains the industrial base and fulfills commitments to Soldiers, civilians and families," the Army's top civilian leader told lawmakers.

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Business

Raytheon completes second launch exercise for next generation GPS satellites

Posted April 29, 2013 by

Raytheon successfully completed the second launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System operational control system. Successful completion of Exercise 2 is a key milestone demonstrating that Raytheon’s OCX software meets mission requirements and is on track to support the first GPS III satellite launch. Completed over a three-day period…

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DOD officials detail $1 billion in space program savings

Posted April 29, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Senior Defense Department officials testified April 25 before Congress highlighting the activities the department has undertaken to save an estimated $1 billion and provide a balanced national security space program. Gil I. Klinger, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space and intelligence, and Douglas L. Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, appeared…

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NASA, partners solicit creative materials manufacturing solutions

Posted April 29, 2013 by

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department and Nike have issued a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could enable fabric systems to enhance global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources. The challenge is open through July 15 and seeks creative innovations in the materials from…

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