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Tech

ACCESS II confirms jet biofuel burns cleaner

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Flying high above the California desert, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines.

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Veterans

Two Vietnam War Soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Posted September 17, 2014 by David Vergun

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spec. 4 Donald P. Sloat were each awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam.

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Headlines September 15, 2014

Posted September 15, 2014 by

News: Navy identifies pilot presumed dead in crash - A Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two fighter jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean has been identified.   Business: Boeing eyes 737-700 solution for new JSTARS - Boeing is officially planning a variant of its 737-700 commercial jetliner as a competitor for the Air Force’s…

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Business

Lockheed Martin conducts flight tests of aircraft laser turret for DARPA

Posted September 15, 2014 by

AFRL photograph The Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control turret that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed initial flight testing. The prototype turret was tested on the University of Notre Dame’s Airborne Aero Optical Laboratory Transonic Aircraft in Michigan.   Lockheed Martin, in partnership…

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Space

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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Business

Advanced Photonix awarded contract for U.S. Navy missile weapons program

Posted September 15, 2014 by

Advanced Photonix, Inc.® announced Sept. 15 that it has received a contract worth approximately $1,600,000 from a leading military contractor, which acts as a prime supplier for the U.S. Navy’s Guided Missile Weapon System. The contract is for a custom photodiode and is expected to be completed within the next 18 months, and payment is…

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Space

NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

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Business

Raytheon begins full rate production on TALON Laser Guided Rockets

Posted September 15, 2014 by

Under a $117 million contract awarded to Raytheon, Raytheon Missile Systems has begun production of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. In 2013, the Armed Forces General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates awarded Tawazun a contract to procure the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. “Full rate production of the TALON LGR is a significant milestone for…

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Business

Lockheed Martin, Advanced Electronics Company to establish Sniper Pod facility in Saudi Arabia

Posted September 15, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company will establish a Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod Expanded Repair Capability facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the first Sniper support facility established outside the United States. Designed to support the Royal Saudi Air Force’s Sniper ATPs, the Expanded Repair Capability facility will provide both affordability benefits and…

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Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

Posted September 15, 2014 by Jet Fabara

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.

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