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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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Headlines March 31, 2014

Posted  March 31, 2014

News: North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed sea border - North Korea conducted extensive live-fire military drills off its southern coast March 31, some of its artillery shells falling south of the disputed sea border with South Korea, in a military provocation that came a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests….

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Navy weapons program delivers new capability for H-60 helicopters

Posted  March 31, 2014

A modernized rocket launcher will soon enable MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to carry and deploy a variety of weapons for the first time.

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Posted  March 31, 2014

U.S. military chief in Israel at time of tensions The U.S. military chief has kicked off a visit to Israel at a time of heightened tensions with Israel’s defense minister. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon tried to portray business as usual March 30,…

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Air Force looks to cost-effective technologies to sustain future operations

Posted  March 31, 2014

Focused and balanced investments in science and technology programs across the services were at the center of discussions during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committees subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threat and Capabilities on Capitol Hill, March 26. Dr. David Walker, Air Force deputy assistant secretary of science, technology and engineering, stressed the importance…

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Pilot mentoring program propels the future of hypersonics, young engineers

Posted  March 31, 2014

Hypersonic research and several young engineers are reaping the benefits of a pilot mentoring program at Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9, White Oak, Md.

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Military officials testify on sequestration, readiness

Posted  March 31, 2014

Sequestration would degrade military readiness, senior military officials recently told a Senate panel. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, vice chief of staff; Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant; Air Force Gen. Larry O. Spencer, vice chief of staff; and Navy Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet…

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R/V Neil Armstrong: One small step will mean giant leap for Navy’s research fleet

Posted  March 31, 2014

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder joined family members of the late Neil Armstrong March 29 to christen the Navy's newest research ship, named for the legendary astronaut and first man to walk on the moon.

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High-speed CARS in use at AEDC

Posted  March 31, 2014

Courtesy photograph Two hollow-core fibers (pink-colored at right) provide remote CARS measurements at the exhaust plane of the J85 engine at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. As gas-turbine and hypersonic propulsion systems advance, so must the diagnostic measurement systems used in testing them. The Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Spectroscopy System is a development…

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NASA awards launch services contract for CYGNSS mission

Posted  March 31, 2014

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission. CYGNSS will launch in October 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. This is a firm-fixed price launch-service task order contract worth approximately $55 million….

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne achieve expanded operational range for green propellant infusion mission

Posted  March 31, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne exceeded the technical range objective for the main thruster that will fly aboard the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. This mission will demonstrate in a space environment, a “green” propellant known as AF-M315E, to replace the highly toxic hydrazine and complex bi-propellant systems in-use today. “This is an…

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