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Speckled Trout reemerges, Team Edwards invited to up close, personal look

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kenji Thuloweit

The Speckled Trout has returned. The 412th Flight Test Squadron's highly-modified KC-135 returns home after a year-long maintenance overhaul in Greenville, Texas.

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Aerojet SM-3 Block IB TDACS completes qualification testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Aerojet has completed Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System qualification testing with the successful altitude hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The final TDACS qualification unit was altitude tested at Aerojet’s…

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NASA astronaut Lee Archambault leaving agency

Posted March 15, 2013 by

NASA astronaut Lee Archambault is leaving the agency, ending a 15-year career that included more than 27 days in space, including a flight as commander of space shuttle Discovery. Archambault will join Sierra Nevada Corp. as a systems engineer and test pilot. He will work on the company’s Dream Chaser Space System, being developed in…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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News Briefs March 13, 2013

Posted March 13, 2013 by

Black Hawk crash kills five troops in Kandahar A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said March 12. The March 11 crash brought the total number of U.S. troops killed that day to seven, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces so far this year. Two U.S. special…

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MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

Posted March 13, 2013 by Navy photograph

After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour…

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NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars

Posted March 13, 2013 by

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale…

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Navy LED bulb illuminates possibilities for industry

Posted March 13, 2013 by

The Navy recently developed a dimmable light-emitting diode bulb that has the potential to improve products in the aircraft and automotive industries.

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Tech

Mitigating risk: NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system

Posted March 13, 2013 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo mission overcomes thrusters’ glitch

Posted March 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The March 1 launch of Cargo Resupply Service mission 2 [CRS2] to the International Space Station was flawless.  Space X’s Falcon 9 brought the Dragon capsule into orbit. But at 9 minutes into the flight, the Dragon capsule’s Draco thruster system did not activate as planned. The capsule is equipped with 18 of SpaceX’s Draco…

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