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AF researchers aiming to increase energy security through microgrids

The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, is exploring microgrid and alternative fuel technologies in an effort to move military operations toward greater energy independence.

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Boeing, EVA Airways finalize Taiwan’s largest ever commercial airplane purchase

Boeing and EVA Airways Nov. 24 finalized a historic order for up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order, valued at more than $8 billion at current list prices, marks the largest single commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan aviation.

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PAC-3 Missile intercepts target in flight test

A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile successfully intercepted an incoming target Nov. 19, as part of a U.S. Army-led missile defense flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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New ‘Chem milling’ process garners positive reaction by producing parts quickly

Bubbles of hydrogen gas boiled and rolled as electroplater Marissa DeMent dunked a new piece of what will become an F/A-18 Hornet’s aluminum exterior component into a chemical bath at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.

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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope receives first mirror installation

NASA has successfully installed the first of 18 flight mirrors onto the James Webb Space Telescope, beginning a critical piece of the observatory’s construction.

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Triton UAS begins operational assessment, prepares for production

Posted  November 18, 2015

The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system began one of the events that will be used to support the program’s Milestone C review and entry into low-rate initial production Nov. 17 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

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Lockheed Martin hybrid airship certification plan for commercial transport approved by FAA

Posted  November 18, 2015

PALMDALE, Calif.–The Federal Aviation Administration (Seattle Aircraft Certification Office) recently approved Lockheed Martin’s project specific certification plan for the Hybrid Airship. Given that Hybrid Airships did not fit within existing FAA regulations, the team worked to create a new set of criteria allowing non rigid hybrid airships to safely operate in a commercial capacity. Transport…

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AIAA space, technology forum coming to San Diego

Posted  November 18, 2015

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will hold its Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016 (AIAA SciTech 2016), Jan. 4–8 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California. AIAA SciTech 2016 will bring together 12 aerospace science and technology conferences, drawing thousands of participants from around the world who will hear from…

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AEDC transonic wind tunnel undergoes calibration

Posted  November 18, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend A centerline pipe, pictured here, is used to measure pressure and determine test conditions in the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. According to Michael Mills, wind tunnel performance engineer, this process is known as calibrating the tunnel and takes…

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NASA awards two robots to university groups for R&D upgrades

Posted  November 18, 2015

Humanoid robots will be helpful to astronauts on our journey to Mars, so NASA has awarded prototypes to two universities for advanced research and development work. NASA is interested in humanoid robots because they can help or even take the place of astronauts working in extreme space environments. Robots, like NASA’s R5, could be used…

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