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New Eye in the Sky: WorldView-3 will provide improved commercial satellite imagery

Posted August 15, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 is expected to provide commercial customers with satellite imagery at resolutions previously available only to U.S. government agencies.

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Space

Stardust team reports discovery of first potential interstellar space particles

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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Headlines August 13, 2014

Posted August 13, 2014 by

Defense: Military families left without transportation over contractor glitch - It’s not quite reached the level of Veterans Affairs’ incompetence, but a new contractor in charge of moving military families’ cars as they transition from one site to another is failing miserably to perform, leaving some without transportation for as many as 30 days.   Veterans:…

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Defense

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities

Posted August 13, 2014 by Charles Ramey

Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command recently took advantage of a multinational U.S. Southern Command-led exercise to hone their long-range reconnaissance capabilities.

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Raytheon to develop directed energy technology for light vehicle deployment

Posted August 13, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Laser weapon systems moved a step closer to reality with the award of an $11 million contract to Raytheon. Under an Office of Naval Research program, Raytheon will develop a vehicle-based laser device capable of defeating low-flying threats such as enemy drones. The Ground Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move Future Naval…

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Curiosity’s first two years revealing Mars’ history

Posted August 13, 2014 by Raphael Jaffe

The successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, Aug. 5, 2012, was a milestone of America’s preeminence in space exploration.

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Tech

Space technology experiments tested in microgravity flight

Posted August 13, 2014 by

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program funded a series of parabolic flights to evaluate eight space-technology experiments conducted by a like number of teams in late July.

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VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

Posted August 13, 2014 by

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Aug. 11 the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Under the…

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Seeing double: Experimental glider, rocket undergo fit checks

Posted August 13, 2014 by

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center took another step toward developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch System (TGALS) by fit-checking a subscale twin-hulled glider with its experimental rocket payload.

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Headlines August 11, 2014

Posted August 11, 2014 by

News: As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon - The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many…

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