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NASA selects experimental commercial suborbital flight payloads

Posted January 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight….

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Business

U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted January 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIR’s Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Army’s Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment Wasp® AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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Defense

KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

Posted January 23, 2013 by Maj. Mark Blumke

Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth — or at least the engines are. Airmen installed the first of 1,440 upgraded Stratotanker engines at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 15. The 1970s engine parts will be replaced with modern engines that burn less fuel and run longer without repairs, officials…

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Events

AFA’s 2013 Air Warfare Symposium explores challenges of the Air Force in today’s fiscal environment

Posted January 23, 2013 by

The Air Force Association is pleased to confirm that the Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force have approved Air Force participation in AFA’s 29th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, Feb. 20-22, 2013. The conference will once again be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando,…

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NASA, Ahoora Foundation unite to ignite students’ passion for science, space, technology

Posted January 23, 2013 by

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which kicked off Jan. 22 by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old…

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Headlines: January 21, 2013

Posted January 21, 2013 by

News Pentagon grounds Marine Corps model of F-35 fighter jet The Pentagon and U.S. Navy Jan. 18 grounded the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet after an incident that occurred during a training flight at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Jan. 16.   Business U.S. 787 probe puts spotlight on…

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Martian crater once may have held groundwater-fed lake

Posted January 21, 2013 by

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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Defense

Air Force Space Command to bolster cyber force

Posted January 21, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for fiscal 2014, the command’s chief said Jan. 17. Speaking with reporters at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Gen. William L. Shelton said direction for the hires would come from…

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Business

Northrop Grumman to host industry cay in support of its Air and Missile Defense Radar program offering

Posted January 21, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman is seeking innovative U.S.-based defense electronics suppliers interested in supporting its open architecture for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar program. Gloria Flach, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, will host an AMDR Industry Day on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the company’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters…

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Aviation technology advances, FAA tries to keep up

Posted January 21, 2013 by David Koenig

The battery that caught fire in the Japan Airlines 787 in Boston was not overcharged, but government investigators said Jan. 20 there could still be problems with wiring or other charging components. An examination of the flight data recorder indicated that the battery didn’t exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts, the National Transportation Safety…

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