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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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NASA kicks off field campaign to probe ocean ecology, carbon cycle

Posted  July 18, 2014

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

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UTC Aerospace Systems, Selex plan development program

Posted  July 18, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems and Selex ES plan to jointly develop the TacSAR (Tactical Synthetic Aperture Radar) reconnaissance system, a long-range synthetic aperture radar system designed for overland and maritime reconnaissance and surveillance. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace System builds ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems for space, air…

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Headlines July 16, 2014

Posted  July 16, 2014

News: F-35 cleared for flight  – A Pentagon official told Defense News that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities. A decision on attending the show has not been made but the official said DOD is “hopeful” it can make the trip.   Business: BAE aims for half of $10 billion…

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News Briefs July 16, 2013

Posted  July 16, 2014

Military’s tobacco discount: Up in smoke The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common. The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee July 15 approved a $549.3 billion defense spending bill that would eliminate the 25 percent discount that members of the armed services enjoy when buying…

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GA-ASI successfully executes first flight of Predator XP

Posted  July 16, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced July 14 the successful first flight of Predator® XP, an updated version of the company’s flagship Predator RPA that has been licensed by the U.S. government for sale to a broader customer base, including countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Asia.

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Boeing to Design XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane

Posted  July 16, 2014

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeing plans to design a reusable launch vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in support of the U.S. government’s efforts to reduce satellite launch costs. DARPA’s XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane is conceived as a reusable, unmanned booster with costs, operation and reliability similar to modern aircraft. Developing a vehicle that…

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NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter to check out summer sea ice, more

Posted  July 16, 2014

Sea ice in summer looks dramatically different than sea ice in winter, even in the polar Arctic. Summer snowmelt, pools of water on thinning ice and exposed ocean replace vast winter expanses of white snow-covered ice – and this weekend NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter begins a campaign to investigate these features.

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GA-ASI demonstrates advanced cockpit at Farnborough

Posted  July 16, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, July 15 announced a significant presence at this month’s Farnborough International Air Show, including a demonstration of its Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station within the company’s new stand in Hall 2…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation announces Space Camp® scholarships

Posted  July 16, 2014

The Northrop Grumman Foundation has announced the sponsorship of scholarships for middle school students and teachers from across the United States and the United Kingdom to attend Space Camp® July 27-Aug. 1 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The selectees include a student and a teacher from Joe Walker Middle School…

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NASA turns over next-gen air traffic management tool to FAA

Posted  July 16, 2014

A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration during a ceremony July 14 at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

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