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Breakthrough jet/rocket engine announced

Posted December 7, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Reaction Engines Ltd. of Great Britain has announced successful tests of its light weight heat exchanger, a critical component of its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine. The engine functions as both an air breathing jet, and then switches to use stored liquid oxygen, as does a rocket engine. Their studies show that single stage to orbit…

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ViaSat completes Phase 1 UHF Satcom Integrated Waveform Installation for United Kingdom

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ViaSat Inc. has successfully implemented an Integrated Waveform Network Control Station for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. The IW is designed to allow the MOD to make the most efficient use of its UHF satcom assets with seamless voice and data assignments across 5 and 25 kHz UHF channels. Additional benefits include significantly improved…

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Fermi improves its vision for thunderstorm gamma-ray flashes

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Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times better at catching the brief outbursts of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The outbursts, known as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, last only a few thousandths of a second, but their…

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SAIC to provide Blue Devil operations, maintenance support services to AFRL

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Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to provide Blue Devil Block 1 (Blue Devil) Outside the Continental United States operations and maintenance support services to the AFRL Sensors Directorate. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a one-year period of performance and a total contract…

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NASA offers high school girls a chance to jump-start their future

Posted December 7, 2012 by

NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in the Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program for 2013. WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics, and complete online activities to qualify for a…

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Third Boeing GPS IIF begins operation after early handover to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 5, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – A third Boeing GPS IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is now part of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, providing improved performance for both military and civilian users. GPS IIF-3, now designated SVN-65, is being operated by the 50th Space Wing’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base,…

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Voyager 1 probe encounters new region in deep space

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NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space. Scientists refer to this new region as a magnetic highway for charged particles because our sun’s magnetic field lines are connected to…

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Climate models predict increase in U.S. wildfire risk

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Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades. Other findings about U.S. wildfires, including their amount of carbon emissions and how the length and strength of fire seasons are expected to change under future climate conditions, were also…

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Air Force receives space award

Posted December 5, 2012 by Carla Rose-Pryor

Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski accepted the donation of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from Dr. Bradford Parkinson on behalf of SMC and the GPS Directorate at a special ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 30. Parkinson and the “GPS Originators” were awarded the…

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NASA twin spacecraft create most accurate gravity map of Moon

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Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, is allowing scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. Data from the two washing machine-sized spacecraft also will…

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