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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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Oman Air Force continues F-16 legacy

Posted  April 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph by Elizabeth L. Kaszynski The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.  In 2002, the Sultanate of Oman became the 23rd member of the…

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Intelsat General, L-3 Communication Systems-West test protected Air Force tactical technology on Ku-band

Posted  April 7, 2014

Intelsat General Corp. and L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) announced the successful demonstration of new U.S. Air Force Protected Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders on the Intelsat fleet. The demonstrations and performance characterization were conducted at the Intelsat teleport in Ellenwood, GA, during the week of March 4th. Engineers conducting the tests measured the…

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Improved coating for howitzer spindles to save money, reduce environmental impact

Posted  April 7, 2014

U.S. Army engineers' efforts to implement an improved coating for howitzer breech spindles will provide several benefits -- easing the logistical burden on Soldiers, reducing hazardous waste and saving millions of dollars.

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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Posted  April 7, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the commander ofAir Force Space Command,…

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XCOR Aerospace announces Brian Binnie as newest test pilot

Posted  April 7, 2014

XCOR Aerospace announced April 3 that celebrated aviator, test pilot, engineer and commercial astronaut Brian Binnie has joined the company as Senior Test Pilot.

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Orion avionics system ready for first test flight

Posted  April 7, 2014

After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are ready to support a successful flight and re-entry of the spacecraft.

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Boeing updates timing of C-17 production line closure

Posted  April 7, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. -Boeing April 7 adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter. Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015,…

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Headlines April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

News: House Republicans considering military path to green card - House Republicans are considering a plan that would allow young people who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children to join the military and then become legal, permanent residents. Chairman: U.S. needs Russian choppers - The top lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee said…

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News Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Missing Korean War veteran’s remains return to Kentucky Army Cpl. William F. Day was reported missing in North Korea on Dec. 2, 1950. Nearly 64 years later, his remains have been brought home to Kentucky. The Paducah Sun reports Day’s daughter, Gloria Shonrock, was only four years old when her father went missing. She began…

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Air Force leaders lay out budget priorities, concerns

Posted  April 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testify on the Air Force posture for fiscal year 2015 before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense, April 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Also testifying were, from the left,…

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