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Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted November 27, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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Army purchases bird-like, micro-unmanned aerial system

Posted November 25, 2013 by David Vergun

The Army recently purchased 36 Maveric unmanned aerial systems as a result of an urgent request from Soldiers in combat.

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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

Posted November 25, 2013 by

BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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New method of testing parachutes developed at China Lake

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Warrior Power: ONR, veterans plugged in on alternative energy

Posted November 22, 2013 by David Smalley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeACsN-2IF4&feature=youtu.be An innovative Office of Naval Research program is looking to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans for the cutting edge in alternative energy-and is highlighted this week in a new video released during the Navy’s Warrior Care Month. The Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program, or ESTEP, answers the call for renewable energy made…

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First Rivet Joint delivered to the Royal Air Force

Posted November 20, 2013 by

The first of three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft was officially delivered to the United Kingdom during a special ceremony at Royal Air Force Waddington, England, Nov. 12.

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

Posted November 20, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph For the first time, both Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators participated in tests with a single aircraft carrier. While one remained onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the second conducted flight operations. The X-47Bs performed multiple precise touch-and-goes, arrested landings, catapults, and commanded and autonomous wave-offs in November 2013. The…

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DARPA focuses on technology for national security

Posted November 18, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Projects undertaken by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may have some immediate applications, but what program managers there really look to do is blow open new sets of opportunities from deep research, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said Nov. 14. Speaking to a large audience at the Defense One Summit and to viewers online, the…

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U-2 Program Office helps eliminate DCS

Posted November 18, 2013 by

Thanks to the U-2 Program Office at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Air Force pilots flying the “Dragon Lady” no longer experience decompression sickness during their high-altitude flights. Commonly referred to as DCS, decompression sickness is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissue following a sudden drop of air pressure….

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Paladin hybridizes for future fleet

Posted November 18, 2013 by Marie Berberea

Army photograph The Paladin Integrated Management fires during testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The PIM program recently received approval to manufacture and produce the Paladin hybrid weapon system. Fires Center of Excellence Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate at Fort Sill, Okla., is celebrating a major victory after the Paladin Integrated Management program received Milestone…

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