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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navyís primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Joint Staff official discusses Russian military evolution

Posted  April 9, 2014

Russias conventional military is a regional power, but has limited capability for global power projection, the Joint Staffs director for strategic plans and policy told Congress April 8. Navy Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe discussed the evolution of Russian conventional military power during testimony alongside Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs,…

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Fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins Global Positioning System

Posted  April 9, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The accuracy of the Global Positioning System has been improved with the recent handover of a fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite to the U.S. Air Force. The newest addition to the GPS constellation increases the precision of position, navigation and timing data sent to users around the world. The satellite was…

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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

Posted  April 9, 2014

Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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Headlines April 7, 2014

Posted  April 7, 2014

News: Without Capitol Hill advocates, U.S. weapons cuts all but certain - Widespread opposition has yet to form around any single Pentagon proposal to cut a specific weapon system, indicating most could be implemented despite lawmakers’ protestations on behalf of parochial interests. Military hitting the breaking point on mental health problems - As more details come to…

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News Briefs April 7, 2014

Posted  April 7, 2014

U.S. strongly committed to protecting Japan Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security. Hagel says it’s understandable for nations to be concerned as…

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Scale model World War II aircraft takes flight with fuel from Sea Concept

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph by PO3 Gregory Pickett A replica of a World War II P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft was used at the Naval Research Laboratory to test “fuel from the sea” concept. The Naval Research Laboratory has developed and demonstrated technologies for the recovery of CO2 to hydrocarbons that can be used to produce designer fuel….

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Forecast International says world volatility could ignite stagnant C4ISR market

Posted  April 7, 2014

Who, what, when, where, why, and how – answering these questions remains the essence of C4ISR.  Delivering relevant information for operational use will continue to be a high priority. In the coming decade, C4ISR activity will in particular focus on “networking the force,” with an emphasis on information technology systems. Forecast International’s “The Market for…

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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer.

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DRS Technologies to supply energy storage modules for U.S. Navy DDG-51 ships

Posted  April 7, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today it will be providing electric power support for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 class ships by designing and building Energy Storage Modules that will function as a ship-wide uninterruptable power supply. The initial $17 million contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to DRS’s…

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Navy to deploy electromagnetic railgun aboard JHSV

Posted  April 7, 2014

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016, the service announced April 7.

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