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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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Headlines: March 22, 2013

Posted March 22, 2013 by

News Senator: Time to change military force law The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said March 20 that Congress should overhaul the 2001 authorization for the use of military force to encompass the use of drones for targeted killings.   Business Beechcraft moves LAS fight to courts, Congress Beechcraft has escalated its…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Congress spares military’s tuition aid program Congress has spared the military’s tuition assistance program from the budget knife. The House cleared a bill March 21 to keep the government running. It includes a provision reversing the decision by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to suspend the program. Faced with some $43 billion in…

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Airbus delivers 100th A380

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Malaysia Airlines and Airbus together marked a major achievement March 14, with the hand-over of the 100th A380 to MAS at Airbus’ Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS. “We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early…

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New Space Innovation Center to help government agencies ‘launch’ future space missions

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The EDGE® Innovation Network announced March 22 that the new EDGE Space Innovation Center is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Housed within the General Dynamics’ Seabrook, Md., facility, the 13th and newest EDGE Innovation Center is less than two miles from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. General Dynamics C4 Systems…

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov
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First international student pilot flies F-35

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19.

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NASA awards contract modification for support At Michoud Assembly Facility

Posted March 22, 2013 by

NASA has signed a one-year contract option with Jacobs Technology, Inc., of New Orleans to continue manufacturing support and facilities operations at the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The one-year contract option begins on May 1. The contract is a performance-based, cost-plus-award-fee, mission services contract with an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity portion. With the exercise…

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