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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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Upgraded AWACS platform tested at Northern Edge

Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an E-3G Sentry (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300-mile radius, calling out commands, verifying target hits and sending aircraft back home safely.

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5,000 days of war

It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home.

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Navy’s new aircraft launch system tested on future carrier CVN 78

With the successful launch of the first test sled from the starboard bow catapult, Naval Air Systems Command continued to make history June 16 with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System aboard the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).


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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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Navy awards Lockheed Martin contracts for cost-saving enhanced laser guided training rounds

Posted  June 8, 2015

Lockheed Martin received $24.2 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to produce Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds, a cost-effective alternative to using operational laser-guided bombs during training. ELGTR emulates the flight characteristics of PavewayTM II laser-guided weapon systems and presents pilots with the same information they would see in an actual mission. ELGTR is…

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Headlines June 5, 2015

Posted  June 5, 2015

News: McCain, Reid spar over fate of Defense Bill – Two of the U.S. Senate’s old bulls squared off on the chamber floor June 4, trading barbs over the fate of a Pentagon policy bill. Ex-Pentagon official: Obama isn’t bluffing about Defense bill veto – President Obama is likely to follow through on his threat to veto…

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News Briefs June 5, 2015

Posted  June 5, 2015

Russian fighter jet crashes, both crewmen survive The Russian Defense Ministry says that a military jet has crashed in the south and both crewmen have bailed out safely. The MiG-29 fighter jet went down June 4 while on a training mission near the Ashuluk shooting range in the Astrakhan region, about nearly 700 miles south…

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Bechtel makes generous donation to museum

Posted  June 5, 2015

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds David ìJesterî Smith and Lisa Grey of the Flight Test Historical Foundation receive a $25,000 donation from Brian Sheridan and Richard Tighe on behalf of Bechtel National, Inc. The Flight Test Historical Foundation and the Air Force Flight Test Museum are a bit closer to their goal of moving the…

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AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities

Posted  June 5, 2015

The four-foot transonic (4T) wind tunnel in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Propulsion Wind Tunnel facility is benefitting from modern, state-of-the-art instrumentation partly due to the manufacturing capabilities of the Model Shop personnel at the Complex.

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Airbus Helicopters names director, site manager

Posted  June 5, 2015

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (June 4, 2015) ñ Airbus Helicopters Inc. has named Robert Boman to the position of director/site manager for the companyís Columbus, Miss., helicopter assembly plant and operations. In this position Boman is responsible for management and administration of the Columbus facility, including compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration and Defense Contract Management…

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Airbus says three of four engines failed on crashed A400M

Posted  June 5, 2015

Airbus said June 4 that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people. In a statement, Airbus Defense and Space says the faulty engines were confirmed by Spanish accident investigators after completing their preliminary analysis of the aircraft’s digital flight data…

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