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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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FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph On March 13, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Mechanic Anthony Rini works on one of two MQ-8B Fire Scouts aircraft being completely overhauled by the FRCSE Team at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, Fla., are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical…

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Hagel visits Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

Posted  April 7, 2014

On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the Peoples’ Liberation Army allowed him, in response to a request made in January, to become the first foreign visitor to tour the sleek refitted Russian aircraft carrier - the PLA’s first - called Liaoning.

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $11 million for support services at Groton sub base

Posted  April 7, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $11 million contract to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. With this modification, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative at the…

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NATO, Sweden train over the Baltics to enhance interoperability among allies

Posted  April 7, 2014

The 17th Baltic Region Training Event, or BRTE XVII, took place at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, April 1 and 2 over the Baltic region, to sharpen the skills of aircrews and air controllers from the U.S., Lithuanian and Swedish air forces.

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Boeing to provide maintenance training devices for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon

Posted  April 7, 2014

Boeing will broaden its support for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through a recent order for maintenance simulators. The Navy plans to begin using six virtual trainers, one ordnance load trainer and 14 hardware-based devices to train P-8A maintenance personnel at Naval Air Station Jacksonville starting in 2016. “As…

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Northrop Grumman to build five more MQ-8C Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

Posted  April 7, 2014

Northrop Grumman will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon.

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NASA awards robotics, vehicle, graphics simulation services contract

Posted  April 7, 2014

NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed-fee task orders. Beginning July 1, the contract has a three-year base period followed by two one-year options and is…

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Future outlook released for remotely piloted aircraft

Posted  April 7, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd3qZ_P6lB0&feature=player_embedded Air Force leaders outlined what the next 25 years for remotely piloted aircraft will look like in the RPA Vector, published April 4. The RPA Vector is the Air Forceís vision for the next 25 years for remotely-piloted aircraft, said Col. Kenneth Callahan, the RPA capabilities division director. It shows the current state of…

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New catalog brings NASA software down to Earth

Posted  April 7, 2014

NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release April 10 of a new online software catalog. Organized into fifteen broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies, and the general public. “Software is an increasingly…

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Boeing, Air New Zealand unveil livery of first 787-9 Dreamliner to deliver

Posted  April 7, 2014

Boeing April 6 rolled out of the paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier’s new-look livery. The airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic official New Zealand Fern Mark. “It’s great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand…

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