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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.


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Boeing delivers Scoot’s first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  February 2, 2015

Boeing and Scoot Pte Ltd. Feb. 2 announced the delivery of the Singapore-based airline's first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a key role in the low-cost carrier's strategic plan to expand its long-haul fleet.

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Northrop Grumman to deliver additional mission packages for Navy LCS

Posted  February 2, 2015

Northrop Grumman has received a $21.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy for two additional Littoral Combat Ship mission packages. As the mission package integrator, the company will deliver one mission package for surface warfare and one for mine countermeasures. The capabilities contained in the various mission modules directly support the three LCS primary missions…

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Air Force identifies platform for next Air Force One

Posted  February 2, 2015

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One, Air Force officials announced Jan. 28. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible…

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Northrop Grumman to begin production of additional airborne laser mine detection systems

Posted  February 2, 2015

Northrop Grumman has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System. The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares, and technical support. The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds and geolocates mine-like objects…

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Binding material to save Osprey engines

Posted  February 2, 2015

The 58th Special Operations Wing has a plan to mitigate aircraft engine damage that happens during training missions using a biodegradable binding material at practice landing zones.

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BAE to provide radio communications integration support for new U.S. Navy ships

Posted  February 2, 2015

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a nine-year contract to support radio and communications systems design and integration for 13 surface combatant ships. The initial award is valued at $28.4 million with the total value of the nine-year contract estimated at $187.4 million. Under the DDG VI Radio Communications Systems contract, BAE Systems’ experts…

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Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 SABR production to begin for international F-16s

Posted  February 2, 2015

Less than four months after completing all design reviews, Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar has received its first production order from Lockheed Martin. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 142 radars to Lockheed Martin as part of the Taiwan Air Force F-16 upgrade program. The first production system will…

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AFRL announces winners of student satellite competition

Posted  February 2, 2015

Students representing 10 universities competed for the chance to send a satellite they designed and built into space.

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Raytheon slips as profit outlook falls short of estimates

Posted  February 2, 2015

Shares of Raytheon fell Jan. 29 after the defense contractor’s 2015 profit forecast came in short of Wall Street estimates. The maker of the Tomahawk cruise missile and other weapons and communication systems said it expects to earn between $6.20 and $6.35 per share from continuing operations, and it forecast $22.3 billion to $22.8 billion…

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DOD moves data to cloud to lower costs, improve security

Posted  February 2, 2015

The Defense Department is moving its data to the cloud, driven by cost reductions, technical efficiencies and security considerations, Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told military and industry leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29. Halvorsen’s office hosted the first of what it characterized as a series of DOD CIO Cloud Industry Days –…

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