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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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News Briefs November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Military Sealift Command consolidates headquarters The Navy has been given the green light to begin consolidating its transportation arm’s headquarters. The Navy said Nov. 6 it will move hundreds of Military Sealift Command staff from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The command’s headquarters has been split between the two locations…

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NASA rocket experiment finds universe brighter than we thought

Posted  November 7, 2014

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies.

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Autonomy-enabled technology provides pathway to future

Posted  November 7, 2014

Army photograph A convoy of Army trucks gets a test at Fort Hood, Texas. Testers were sometimes in the driver seats, but the vehicles operated autonomously. Army engineers from the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich., are developing technology solutions for autonomy-enabled systems. TARDEC and an industry partner, Lockheed Martin, demonstrated…

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Business

Raytheon acquires special operations, cybersecurity firm Blackbird Technologies

Posted  November 7, 2014

Raytheon announced Nov. 5 that it has acquired Blackbird Technologies, a leading provider of persistent surveillance, secure tactical communications and cybersecurity solutions to the Intelligence Community and special operations market. The purchase price is approximately $420 million, subject to post-closing adjustments. The transaction will not materially impact Raytheon sales or earnings per share for the…

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AF engineers log record-breaking accelerated engine test

Posted  November 7, 2014

A highly successful accelerated mission test of Pratt & Whitney's F135 conventional take-off and landing/carrier variant engine was recently completed in the Sea Level 3 test cell at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.

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Boeing completes testing on new anti-jamming technology

Posted  November 7, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which…

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One of largest infrared telescopes to help track orbital debris

Posted  November 7, 2014

UKIRT photograph Lockheed Martin teamed up with NASA and the universities of Arizona and Hawaiíi to use one of the Worldís largest infrared telescopes to study near-earth space debris and asteroids. The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), pictured here, is the largest IR telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and is located atop Maunakea, Hawaii. Lockheed…

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Raytheon begins flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program

Posted  November 7, 2014

Raytheon has begun flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program. PCAS Phase 3 is an 18-month, $25.5 million effort scheduled to culminate in live-fire demonstrations. The program is designed to speed close air support to soldiers on the battlefield. “PCAS will help reduce close air support response times from as long as one hour…

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Navy, Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure comm satellite

Posted  November 7, 2014

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Landing zone cameras mean major improvement in C-17 training

Posted  November 7, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz8ZU8fSSjw&feature=player_embedded&list=UUJeD5tPnibv8jLjsdtDvQUQ A C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft pilot calculates measurements to figure out the best way to approach a small landing strip in the middle of a hostile environment in Afghanistan. The landing strip is unpaved and has no lights or painted lines to guide the pilot onto the runway. Instead, it is simply a…

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