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NASA selects advanced robotics projects for development

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NASA has selected eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency’s future missions while supporting the Obama administration’s National Robotics Initiative. The projects, ranging from technologies for improving robotic planetary rovers to humanoid robotic systems, will support the development and use of robots for space exploration, as well as by manufacturers and businesses in…

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Space

First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster

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NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are…

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NATO transformation chief encourages ‘smart defense’ strategy

Posted September 17, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Despite fiscal challenges, NATO members should work together to develop the right capabilities to adapt to future challenges, NATO’s top transformation officer said in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17. At a Pentagon news conference, Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force, NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation, encouraged the use of the alliance’s “Smart Defense”…

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Defense

Leaders to committee: Air Force on track for 2014 auditability deadline

Posted September 17, 2012 by by TSgt. Jess D. Harvey

Leaders from each armed service and the Defense Department testified Sept. 14 to the House Armed Services Committee about the DOD’s efforts to become auditable by 2014. The original auditable date was 2017, but Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accelerated that goal in late 2011 by setting a DOD-wide 2014 deadline for audit readiness. “We…

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Business

Sikorsky nears completion of 15 UH-60M helicopters to fulfill Sweden’s ISAF requirement

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Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is planning this month to deliver the final two of 15 UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters to the U.S. Army for further transfer to the Swedish Defence Material Administration. All 15 aircraft will have been delivered in just 16 months, a record acquisition pace for a squadron-sized fleet…

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Phyre GOBIGGS(tm) system selected for UH-60 Black Hawk demo

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Phyre Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft to build and demonstrate a Green On-Board Inert Gas Generating Systems(tm) system for the UH-60 Black Hawk, as part of the AATD Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration program. Phyre’s GOBIGGS(tm) is an environmentally friendly, catalytically based fuel tank inerting system designed to significantly reduce fuel tank vulnerability…

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Veterans

As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Dan Elliott

Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered – forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones. “We’re going back to school, we have full-time jobs, we have families and kids,” said Marco Bongioanni,…

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ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches fourth NRO payload in five months

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:39 p.m., PDT, Sept. 13. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. “Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day…

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World

U.S. strikes on Iran would risk major war

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Robert Burns

U.S. military strikes on Iran would shake the regime’s political control and damage its ability to launch counterstrikes, but the Iranians probably would manage to retaliate, directly and through surrogates, in ways that risked igniting all-out war in the Middle East, according to an assessment of an attack’s costs and benefits. The assessment said extended…

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Shipboard Interrogator Sets for U.S. Navy

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the fabrication, testing and delivery of AN/UPX-24(V) interrogator sets. Under the nearly $11.5 million follow-on production contract, Northrop Grumman will provide five AN/UPX-24(V) identification friend or foe (IFF)…

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