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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled…

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Headlines April 6, 2015

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News: The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad – Trying to fashion a shield against a sneak missile attack, military planners gambled on costly projects that flopped, leaving a hole in U.S. homeland defense.   Business: U.S. says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology – The U.S. government would support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching system…

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Military plane crashes in Spain, killing four crew members

Posted May 11, 2015 by Harold Heckle

A military transport plane crashed near Seville airport in southwestern Spain May 9, killing four crew members and injuring two seriously, officials said. The crash of the Airbus A400M, that was undergoing flight trials at the airport, raised questions about the security of the new, propeller-driven transport aircraft. Airbus said in a statement that four…

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Headlines June 29, 2015

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News: SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes moments after launch – A SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station blew up June 28 shortly after liftoff.   Business: How serious a setback is SpaceX rocket explosion? – Elon Musk had never come face to face with that rule before — at least not in space travel —…

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News Briefs August 28, 2015

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Boeing plans to lay off some Southern California workers Boeing has announced that it plans to lay off employees at its Southern California-based satellite division. The Los Angeles Times reports that the aerospace giant said Aug. 25 that it will lay off as many as several hundred employees at the El Segundo factory. Boeing says…

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News Briefs – July 5, 2012

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Iran says launches long-range missiles in exercise Iran’s official news agency official IRNA reports that the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards unit has launched several missiles in a military exercise. The July 3 report says the missiles, including long-range ones capable of hitting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, successfully hit their targets. Iran holds several…

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News Briefs – September 28, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,995 As of Sept. 25, 2012, at least 1,995 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,657 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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News Briefs November 21, 2012

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Marines protecting threatened desert tortoises The Marine Corps is hoping to deploy some four-footed recruits in Californiaís Mojave Desert – about 500 threatened desert tortoises. The Los Angeles Times says the hatchlings live in a special 5-acre facility at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base that’s protected from predators by wire and netting. The slow-growing tortoises…

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Headlines: January 11, 2013

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Business Boeing 787 Dreamliner faces review after mishaps Arms makers lament uncertainty, urge clarity to make investments Rolls-Royce hires lawyer Gold for internal ethics review International United Kingdom: MoD £6.6 billion over budget for major weapons projects that are running woefully late British Helmand veterans dispatched to defend Falklands Glock 17 9mm pistols replace Browning…

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Headlines: February 11, 2013

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Business EADS unit could face FBI probe over Saudi deal The FBI is investigating allegations of corruption involving a British unit of aerospace group EADS over a contract in Saudi Arabia for the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, the Financial Times said Feb. 11.   Veterans ‘I would have destroyed Dresden again': Bomber Harris was unrepentant…

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