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Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Sometime early next week, the Army expects to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base at White Marsh, Md., just north of Baltimore.

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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport, Ariz. Hama was part of the first class of Iraqi students training with the 162nd Wing to further enhance interoperability…

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Short-notice: A new way to exercise

When 1st Lt. Matt Lavigne's phone rang late Dec. 10, he knew it was time to scramble into action.

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Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific…

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…


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Ikhana to capture Orion splashdown for NASA TV

Posted  December 3, 2014

NASA photograph by Tony Landis Preparing Ikhana for a long mission. Orion Splashdown Mission Ikhana, NASA’s remotely piloted, unmanned aircraft system, will be used Dec. 4 to capture video of the Orion crew module Exploration Flight Test 1 as the module descends through the atmosphere into the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft’s camera, mounted on the…

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Airmen missing from World War II accounted for

Posted  December 3, 2014

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec. 1 that the remains of service members missing in action from World War II have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lieutenants William D. Bernier of Augusta, Mont.; Bryant E. Poulsen of…

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Boeing conducts world’s first flight with ‘green diesel’ as aviation biofuel

Posted  December 3, 2014

Boeing photograph Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using “green diesel,” a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane yesterday with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine. Shown here, the…

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NASA to take images of Orion flight test splashdown

Posted  December 3, 2014

A number of teams will have eyes, cameras and telescopes trained on the skies for the splashdown of the first flight of NASA's Orion capsule — with the help of Navy and NASA aircraft.

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Boeing completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

Posted  December 3, 2014

NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The Certification Baseline Review is the first of many more milestones, including flight tests from Florida’s Space Coast that will establish the…

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Japanese aircraft of World War II

Posted  December 3, 2014

The Planes of Fame Air Museumís monthly Living History event for December is 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 6. Doors open at 9 a.m. The topic this month is Japanese Aircraft of World War II and will feature a Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi D3A “Val” replica and the Yokosuka Suiseu D4Y3 (Judy) Model 43. Dan King, author…

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Event introduces attendees to NASA’s aviation contributions

Posted  December 3, 2014

NASA is transforming aviation by reducing aircraft environmental impacts, enhancing safety and leading the way in revolutionary new technologies.

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Defense

DOD seeks future technology via development plan

Posted  December 3, 2014

The Defense Department seeks technology and innovative ideas as part of its Long Range Research Development Plan within the Defense Innovation Initiative, a broad effort that examines future capabilities, dominance and strategy, a senior DOD official said Nov. 24. The newly-released LRRDP Request for Information will provide a way for DOD technology scouts to collaborate…

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General Dynamics awarded contract for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted  December 3, 2014

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a competitive, five-year fixed firm price contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75-inch/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for all military services. Composed of two main components, the MK66 rocket motor and various warheads, the Hydra-70 rocket can…

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Headlines December 1, 2014

Posted  December 1, 2014

News: For Obama and the Pentagon, an uneasy relationship – On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official.   Business: Defense firms could be…

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