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NASA selects space biology research proposals

Posted August 12, 2012 by

NASA selected 15 experiments to be funded through its most recent research announcement for opportunities in space biology research. Ten of these experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station in the near future. Five others will be ground-based studies. NASA’s Space Biology Program will fund the proposals to investigate how cells, plants and…

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California Science Center announces details for Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Posted August 10, 2012 by

Aug. 8, Los Angeles – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph announced details of Mission 26: The Big Endeavour, Endeavour’s journey from Kennedy Space Center to its new home at the Science Center. Endeavour, which will be transported on top of NASA’s Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft,…

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Here comes the sun: NASA picks solar array system development proposals

Posted August 10, 2012 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program has selected Deployable Space Systems of Goleta, Calif. and ATK Space Systems Inc., of Commerce, Calif., for contract negotiation to develop advanced solar array systems. High-power solar electric propulsion, where the power is generated with advanced solar array systems, is a key capability required for extending human presence throughout the solar…

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U.S. Army airship completes historic flight

Posted August 10, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman and Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited announce the successful completion of the first flight of the U.S. Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle in historic Lakehurst, N.J., the birthplace of the nation's storied military airship past....

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Air Force works to fill need for drone pilots

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Lolita C. Baldor

Becoming a fighter pilot is still a hotly coveted goal at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. But slowly, a culture change is taking hold. Initially snubbed as second-class pilot-wannabes, the airmen who remotely control America’s arsenal of lethal drones are gaining stature and securing a permanent place in the Air Force. Drawn…

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DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
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Schwartz, Welsh pay tribute to airmen at Air Force transition

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Both outgoing and incoming Air Force chiefs of staff paid tribute to airmen and their families during the transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10....

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F-35 completes first airborne weapons separation

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Victor Chen

The F-35 Lightning II accomplished a significant test milestone Aug. 8 when the aircraft successfully executed an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition separation weapon over water in an Atlantic test range while traveling at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 feet........

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Boeing team demonstrates expanded control of unmanned aircraft swarm

Posted August 9, 2012 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that an operator on the ground, using only a laptop and a military radio, can command an unmanned aerial vehicle “swarm.” Despite limited flight training, the operator was able to connect with autonomous UAVs, task them and obtain information without…

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Marines conclude testing of Navy-developed unmanned ground systems

Posted August 9, 2012 by by John J. Joyce

More than 150 U.S. Marines joined Navy civilian engineers to test and develop new methods of keeping warfighters away from improvised explosive devices with unmanned systems like the one displayed here....

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U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
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Retirement, appointment ceremonies to honor new, outgoing AF chiefs of staff

Posted August 9, 2012 by

A retirement ceremony honoring Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz takes place Aug. 10 at Joint Base Andrews, Md....

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