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MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

Posted March 13, 2013 by Navy photograph

After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour…

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Space

NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars

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An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale…

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Navy LED bulb illuminates possibilities for industry

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The Navy recently developed a dimmable light-emitting diode bulb that has the potential to improve products in the aircraft and automotive industries.

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Mitigating risk: NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system

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NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo mission overcomes thrusters’ glitch

Posted March 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The March 1 launch of Cargo Resupply Service mission 2 [CRS2] to the International Space Station was flawless.  Space X’s Falcon 9 brought the Dragon capsule into orbit. But at 9 minutes into the flight, the Dragon capsule’s Draco thruster system did not activate as planned. The capsule is equipped with 18 of SpaceX’s Draco…

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Business

Northrop Grumman to produce more Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter’s 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B variant. The…

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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for 787 battery solution

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Boeing has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration of the company's plan to test and certify improvements to the 787's battery system.

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Mojave Air & Space Port finances discussed

Posted March 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

A midyear budget update was presented by CFO Erika Westawski to the Mojave Air and Space Port directors at their March 5 meeting. CEO Stuart Witt discussed the current status of Mojave involvement in the FAA Screening Information Request solicitation regarding Unmanned Aviation Systems in the National Airspace. Several contract and purchase expenditures were approved….

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NASA’s Michoud assembly facility manufactures liquid natural gas tanks for Lockheed Martin

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NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the agency’s only large-scale advanced manufacturing facility, soon will be building liquefied natural gas tanks with commercial applications on Earth. In a March 12 ceremony that included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., announced it is drawing on the unique experience and equipment at Michoud…

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U.S., Philippine service members work together during PACANGEL

Posted March 13, 2013 by SMSgt. J.C. Woodring

A joint team of U.S. service members traveled to the Philippines to participate in Operation Pacific Angel March 4 through 11.

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