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NASA picks top Earth data challenge ideas, opens call for climate apps

Posted August 25, 2014 by

NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform. Both challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX, a…

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune orbit

Posted August 25, 2014 by

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune’s orbit – nearly 2.75 billion miles from Earth…

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Headlines August 22, 2014

Posted August 22, 2014 by

News: GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.   Business: U.S. Air Force issues RFI for new rocket engine - The US Air Force is officially looking into…

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MQ-4C Tritons to arrive at Pax River this fall

Posted August 22, 2014 by Northrop Grumman photograph

  MQ-4C Triton test air vehicles at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Palmdale, Calif., will fly cross-country to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this fall. The MQ-4C completed a test flight Aug. 19 with updated software that enables additional beyond-line-of-sight communication capabilities. This test marked the first time Pax River’s Navy System Integration Lab took…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

Posted August 22, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Posted August 22, 2014 by Air Force Test Center History Office and 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.

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Range safety engineer named CAFA Civilian of the Year

Posted August 22, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

The California Air Force Association held their annual awards banquet Aug. 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Keep on Rockin’: C-130J ferries to Little Rock AFB

Posted August 22, 2014 by Andrew McMurtrie

  The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter Aug. 21.  Brig. Gen. Brian Robinson, vice commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott AFB, Ill., ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The…

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Headlines August 18, 2014

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News: U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says - The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Aug. 19.   Business: Fuel deals top…

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Joint effort validates ability to move Stryker vehicles via air

Posted August 20, 2014 by TSgt. Terri Paden

Four Stryker combat vehicles were successfully loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 13,2014, on the flightline at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, marking the Army's first use of the Stryker Marshalling Pad and Hot Cargo Pad since their construction.

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