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Robotics offer greener aircraft paint stripping

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Karla Saia

The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics got a close up look at a new, cutting-edge technology in Johnstown, Penn., April 4 that’s expected to reduce pollution and the exposure of Airmen to hazardous compounds. Terry Yonkers’ visit to the headquarters of…

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NASA selects science instrument upgrade for flying observatory

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NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera, will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community.

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Lockheed Martin completes key milestone on GeoEye’s new satellite

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The Lockheed Martin team developing GeoEye’snext-generation Earth-imaging satellite successfully initiated power-on testing for the GeoEye-2 spacecraft bus. This program milestone continues the team’s on-time and on-budget performance in support of GeoEye’s plan for on-orbit operations in 2013. The power-on testing of the GeoEye-2 spacecraft bus demonstrates initial electrical integration, validates the satellite’s interfaces and paves…

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New sensor sought to enable military missions in GPS-denied areas

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Many U.S. Military systems, such as missiles, rely on the Global Positioning System to provide accurate position, orientation and time information while in flight. When GPS is inaccessible, whether as a result of a malfunction or as a…

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NASA announces 16th undersea exploration mission dates, crew

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An international team of aquanauts will travel again to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate a visit to an asteroid in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. This year’s NEEMO mission will begin June 11. It will build on lessons learned from 2011′s NEEMO 15 mission and test innovative solutions…

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B-1 mission planning software early release improves capabilities

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Patty Welsh

The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently completed an early fielding of B-1 Mission Planning Release 6.0 software. This release provides new features and capabilities and minimizes the time currently needed to do mission planning. “Currently, the user has to…

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Radar program proceeding with revised acquisition strategy

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Patty Welsh

The Air Force program to provide a new ground-based, long-range radar system is moving forward with a revised acquisition strategy. The program office recently held an industry day here to explain the changes and its latest draft request for proposal. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, will be the principal U.S. Air Force long-range,…

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DARPA seeks robot enthusiasts to face off

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As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response, industry, defense, healthcare and education. DARPA plans to offer a $2 million prize to whomever can help push the state-of-the-art in robotics beyond today’s…

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DARPA calls for advances in ‘big data’ to help war fighter

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War fighters’ missions rely on a virtual net of sensors and communications systems for greater battlefield awareness than at any time in history. At the same time, demands for actionable information have spiked as warfighters at every level ““ whether at the planning table or on patrol ““ are called upon…

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DARPA chip-scale atomic clocks aboard International Space Station

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Atomic clocks are the most accurate frequency standard and timing devices in the world. Their range of uses include being the international standard for timekeeping, managing broadcasts and satellite positioning, navigation and timing. Traditional…

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