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Air Force award to FlexTech Alliance will accelerate development of new nano-bio devices

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Remote, wireless monitoring of physiological functions and structural performance in real time has long been a goal of many manufacturing industries. Achievement of that goal is now a step closer to reality with the announcement today of an Air Force Research Laboratory award to FlexTech Alliance of San Jose, Calif. The Alliance has been selected…

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Space

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powers ULA Atlas V upper stage

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS launched into the New Year Jan. 31 by successfully propelling NASA’s first, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) into orbit. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V is powered…

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NASA Airborne Science Missions measuring pollutants from the ground up

Posted February 1, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

An extensive program, aiming to correlate air pollution measurements by satellites, high and low altitude aircraft and ground stations is underway in southern California. A similar extensive set of measurements have already been done over Baltimore, Md., and in the coming months, similar studies will be made in the Houston Texas area, and in Colorado….

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Veterans

Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 1, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on Medicare eligibility, Air Force Personnel Center officials…

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SPEEA contract vote will include strike authorization

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SPEEA’s Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils voted to include strike authorization on the ballots going out to members next week to decide whether Boeing’s latest contract offers are accepted or rejected. Council representatives voted to add strike authorization to the ballots during a special meeting Jan. 31. The councils’ also voted to join the…

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NASA increases value of bioastronautics contract

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NASA has increased the value of a contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The modification increases the not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity value of the contract by $49 million, from $914.5 million to $963.5 million….

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Hagel: Accountability key factor to defense management

Posted February 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Accountability is at the heart of managing the Defense Department, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 31. Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, provided eight hours of testimony to the Senate panel. Senators asked Hagel how he will manage the largest institution…

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Business

ATK senior vice president, president resigns

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ATK has announced that Ronald P. Johnson, senior vice president and president of ATK Sporting Group, resigned from his position, effective Jan. 31. Johnson served in his current role since April 2010. He joined ATK in 2001 when it acquired the Sporting Equipment Group from Blount International. During his tenure at ATK, Johnson also served…

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Boeing TDRS-K relay satellite sends first signals from space

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Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-K, demonstrating that the vehicle is functioning and ready to use its internal engine to boost it to its operational geosynchronous orbit. After reaching final orbit, it will undergo three months of tests and calibration before being put into operation by…

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NASA Space Tech Program selects thermal control system concepts

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NASA Space Technology’s Game Changing Development Program has selected eight proposals to develop advanced thermal control system technologies for future spacecraft. The selected proposals will address a difficult design challenge facing future spacecraft – the development of a thermal control system that can reject high heat loads in a warm thermal environment yet still operate…

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