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Northrop Grumman awarded H-1 helicopter mission computer contract by U.S. Navy

Posted January 30, 2013 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to provide Gen II mission computers for the H-1 Upgrade helicopter program. Under the $9.3 million firm-fixed-price order, Northrop Grumman will supply Gen II mission computers and trays for the H-1 Upgrade program’s Lot 10 production aircraft….

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NASA observes Day of Remembrance Feb. 1

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NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s Day of Remembrance Feb. 1, the 10th anniversary of the Columbia accident. NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the…

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Boeing focuses on 787 fix; fourth quarter profit tops estimate

Posted January 30, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing said Jan. 30 that its top priority this year is fixing the battery problems that grounded its 787. The company made the pledge while reporting a fourth-quarter profit that topped Wall Street estimates, as rising profits from commercial jets offset a smaller profit from defense work. The 50 787s in service were grounded two…

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NASA to launch ocean wind monitor to space station

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In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA’s QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring, and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth’s…

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U.S. investigators ask Boeing for battery history

Posted January 30, 2013 by Elaine Kurtenbach and Joan Lowy

U.S. investigators said Jan. 30 they asked Boeing to provide a full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used in its grounded 787 Dreamliners after Japan’s All Nippon Airways revealed it had repeatedly replaced the batteries even before overheating problems surfaced. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency made the request after recently…

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NASA launches second international space apps challenge

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NASA and government agencies worldwide will host the second International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, with events across all seven continents and in space. Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. The two-day event will…

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Headlines: January 28, 2013

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Business Boeing 787 safety regulations eased by Japan in aim to fast track Dreamliner’s rollout Japan’s government stepped in to give Boeing’s now-grounded 787 Dreamliner and its made-in-Japan technology a boost in 2008 by easing safety regulations, fast-tracking the rollout of the groundbreaking jet for Japan’s biggest airlines, according to records and participants in the…

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NASA telescope observes how sun stores, releases energy

Posted January 28, 2013 by

A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun’s magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now. Researchers were able to witness this phenomenon in the highest resolution images ever taken…

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DOD, VA improve online access to benefits information

Posted January 28, 2013 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released improvements to the functionality of eBenefits, a joint, self-service Web portal that provides registered users with secure online information and access to a variety of benefits resources for service members and veterans. “The increasing capabilities of eBenefits give veterans and service members greater flexibility in securing the…

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NASA solicits ideas for International Space Station research

Posted January 28, 2013 by

NASA wants to know how you can improve the International Space Station as a technology test bed. NASA’s International Space Station National Laboratory and Technology Demonstration offices are asking for proposals on how the space station may be used to develop advanced or improved exploration technologies. NASA also is seeking proposals about how new approaches,…

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