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Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

Posted August 9, 2012 by Associated Press

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month – a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles. Officials announced Aug. 8 that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747…

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Events

Chief of naval research moderates panel at unmanned systems conference

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Grace Jean

The Navy's chief of naval research led a panel discussion highlighting technology challenges and a vision for future maritime robotic systems Aug. 8, at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual conference....

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Defense

JASSM-ER nears operational employment

Posted August 9, 2012 by by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo

The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is scheduled to complete the final-phase of operational testing for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range in late August, marking a significant step toward operational employment.

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Defense

Pilot becomes Guard’s first F-35 instructor pilot

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Maj. Karen Roganov

An airman became the Air National Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at the multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.....

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Defense

Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Aug. 9 their service is critical to the defense strategy. Panetta said New York was the cradle of the United States military, and that its critical role for the armed forces continues today. “New York’s Air National…

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Space

New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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Business

Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Michael Biesecker

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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Tech

Laser revolutionizes sheet metal cutting at Army Depot

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Brigitte Rox

Gone are the days of hunching over a pristine sheet of metal meticulously drilling holes and patterns by hand.....

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Veterans

Vets gather at Arlington to mark 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal

Posted August 9, 2012 by by J.D. Leipold

Seventy years after the Aug. 7, 1942, start to what would be a brutal, six-month-long battle over an island in the South Pacific, veterans of Guadalcanal gathered at Arlington National Cemetery....

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Space

NASA selects small spacecraft technology demonstration missions

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. All selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to the CubeSat standard. CubeSats are composed of four-inch,…

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