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Army researcher’s interest in robotics leads to innovative device

Army photograph by Doug LaFon Dan Baechle, left, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Multifunctional Materials research team, has created a laboratory prototype of a device he designed to sense and damp out arm tremors for Army marksmanship training. Robotic exoskeletons have been a science fiction theme and an engineering feat since the 1960s. Practical…

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Pave Hawk maintainers keep rescue birds flying

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Swafford Airman Joshua Herron, a 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60 Pave Hawk crew chief, completes a 50-hour inspection on a Pave Hawk at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 28, 2015. The 41st EHMU ensures Pave Hawks on Bagram Airfield are prepared for flight and returned to a mission-ready state…

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B-52s demonstrate strategic reach

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Raughton A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after a 44-hour sortie July 2, 2015. Aircrew members and two B-52s from Barksdale AFB’s 96th Bomb Squadron flew a round-trip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces…

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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…


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Northrop Grumman NATO AGS to be tested at Edwards

Posted  June 10, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Northrop Grumman unveiled the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance system June 4 at its Site 3 facility at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. PALMDALE, Calif.–Northrop Grumman’s family of high-altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft systems welcomed its newest member June 4. The new Alliance Ground Surveillance system is…

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Global Vigilance CTF welcomes new director

Posted  June 10, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Col. Cory Naddy (right) accepts the Global Vigilance Combined Test Force guidon from Col. Rod Todaro, 412th Operations Group commander, June 5. The Global Vigilance Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., welcomed a new director June 5. Lt. Col. Cory Naddy is joining the GVCTF…

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Headlines June 8, 2015

Posted  June 8, 2015

News: Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year – The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last yaer from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to…

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News Briefs June 8, 2015

Posted  June 8, 2015

OSHA says violations by companies, Navy led to worker deaths A federal agency says workplace safety violations led to the deaths of two workers at Pearl Harbor last December. Hawaii News Now reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines for two companies for the deaths of two men when a 7-ton…

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U.S. begins flight testing advanced missile defense interceptor

Posted  June 8, 2015

POINT MUGU NAVAL STATION, Calif. –†The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency hsd conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The interceptor’s bigger rocket motors and more capable kill vehicle will engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. “The SM-3 Block IIA program…

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Robots from South Korea, U.S. win DARPA finals

Posted  June 8, 2015

A robot from South Korea took first prize and two American robots took second and third prizes here yesterday in the two-day robotic challenge finals held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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Spirit AeroSystems announces leadership changes to drive ongoing transformation

Posted  June 8, 2015

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. announced June 8 several senior leadership changes, reflecting further advancement in the company’s transformation strategy. Duane Hawkins has been named senior vice president and general manager, Boeing, Business and Regional Jet Programs. He will also continue to oversee Spirit Defense. Hawkins joined Spirit in 2013 as senior vice president of Operations following…

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NASA spacecraft detects impact glass on surface of Mars

Posted  June 8, 2015

Photograph courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/Univ. of Arizona Researchers have found deposits of impact glass (in green) preserved in Martian craters, including Alga Crater, shown here. The detection is based on data from the instrument Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected deposits of glass within…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX achieves pad abort milestone approval

Posted  June 8, 2015

NASA photograph SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean under three main parachutes following a successful test on May 6, 2015 of the spacecraft’s ability to save astronauts in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad. NASA has approved a $30 million milestone payment to SpaceX under the…

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Gaming research laboratory debuts new website

Posted  June 8, 2015

The opportunity to challenge high school students to adapt commercial off-the-shelf gaming technology to help solve Air Force training problems is one reason why Jennifer Winner said she loves working for the Air Force Research Laboratory. Winner, a researcher with AFRL’s Human Effectiveness Directorate, supported the Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory. The GRILL mission…

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