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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Development completed on advanced ground station for AF national security space program

Posted  May 11, 2015

Lockheed Martin has crossed the threshold from development to testing on the next-generation ground system, called Increment 2, for the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System after successfully integrating significant software and hardware to the station. Once operational, Increment 2 will increase SBIRS’ overall ability to manage complex, emerging threats while reducing Air Force operations…

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Nation honors WWII vets on V-E Day anniversary

Posted  May 11, 2015

They may move more slowly than they did in 1945, but World War II veterans were out in force at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall here May 8 to remember their comrades on the 70th anniversary of when the guns stopped in Europe.

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Headlines May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

News: Administration seeks to alter bill that has caused furor in Iraq – The Obama administration has launched a campaign on Capitol Hill aimed at scrapping a legislative measure that has outraged the Iraqi government and led a senior Shiite cleric to threaten the mobilization of a powerful militia that could threaten U.S. troops.   Business:…

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News Briefs May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

Bill reforms programs providing military equipment to police Two Missouri lawmakers are introducing legislation to reform federal programs providing military equipment to police, addressing concerns raised by those who believe that police overreached during protests in Ferguson by using armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons in a military-style response. On May 7, Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced…

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Redstone Test Center reaches new heights with weapon telemetry

Posted  May 8, 2015

Army photograph Hellfire missiles are fired from an unmanned aerial vehicle as part of a test exercise at the Redstone Test Center, Ala. Engineers at the Test and Evaluation Command’s Redstone Test Center, or RTC, have successfully redesigned a new universal telemetry kit that can handle virtually all Hellfire data inputs from warhead replacement to…

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Lockheed Martin recognizes small business suppliers

Posted  May 8, 2015

Orlando, Fla., May 6, 2015 – Two Orlando, Fla., area Lockheed Martin business areas, Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems and Training, recognized 22 small business suppliers, out of thousands from across the nation, who have made extraordinary contributions to the company’s products and services. For the past 20 years, Lockheed Martin annually celebrates…

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IFF Mode 5 completes developmental testing

Posted  May 8, 2015

Navy photograph Through a series of ground and flight test events Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, along with the PMA-213 Combat Identification (CID) team were performing developmental testing for IFF Mode 5 equipment, which is known as an RT-1763C/APX-111(V) Combined Interrogator Transponder (CIT) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station from June 2013 through…

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Northrop Grumman unveils Scalable Agile Beam Radar — Global Strike for B-1B

Posted  May 8, 2015

Northrop Grumman introduced its Scalable Agile Beam Radar – Global Strike for the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer at the 30th Anniversary B-1 Reunion held at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Northrop Grumman’s SABR-GS is a full performance, multi-function, active electronically scanned array radar for the B-1. Developed as an affordable, low risk radar retrofit…

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Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B begins extensive flight test program

Posted  May 8, 2015

Boeing and CFM International announced today that they successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine April 29 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, Calif.

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Navy to hold Sundown ceremony for Sea Hawk helicopter

Posted  May 8, 2015

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific is scheduled to host a Sundown Ceremony for the SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., May 11 at 3:30 p.m.

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