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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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Large rocket test facilityís altitude capability benefits from new control system

Posted  July 17, 2013

Air Force photograph An Arnold Engineering Development Complex systems installation crew positions the new remote Input/Output control system cabinet for the complexís Large Rocket Motor Test Facility, or J-6, that will control liquid nitrogen and gaseous nitrogen during testing. Large rocket testing at altitude conditions has been a common occurrence at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s…

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Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health concerns

Posted  July 17, 2013

Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and Army medicine moves into the future, behavioral health concerns will remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the Army, said Surgeon General…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $173 million performance-based logistics contract for LITENING targeting system sustainment

Posted  July 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $173 million performance-based logistics contract to provide support and sustainment services for the LITENING advanced targeting system. Under the five-year agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide logistics support, technical support to the field, aircrew and maintenance training, depot repairs and other associated services. Northrop Grumman will support the LITENING targeting…

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Headlines July 15, 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

Business Boeing forced to play waiting game in Dreamliner fire probe Planemaker Boeing, desperate to reassure customers that its flagship Dreamliner plane is safe, may have to wait several days for the first signs of what caused a fire at London’s Heathrow Airport July 12.   Defense Lockheed F-35 may stay protected, Pentagon’s buyer says…

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News Briefs July 15, 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

First Air Force One plane decaying in Arizona field The first plane to be designated as Air Force One now sits in a southern Arizona field that’s part of Marana Regional Airport. The aircraft that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless…

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Innovation extends ORS-1′s life, mission

Posted  July 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Dennis Rogers Capt. Eric Palmer (left) and Airman 1st Class Quillan Fay review Operationally Responsive Space-1 procedures and mission objectives in preparation for a satellite contact June 29, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron members recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of ORS-1′s launch. The Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite…

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NASA picks small spacecraft propulsion systems for development

Posted  July 15, 2013

NASA has selected three proposals for the development of lightweight micro-thruster propulsion technologies that are small in size but have big potential. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate selected the miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies to perform stabilization, station keeping and pointing for small spacecraft. NASA hopes these technology demonstrations may lead to similar position control systems…

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Navy’s first mobile landing platform departs San Diego

Posted  July 15, 2013

The USNS Montford Point departs San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett in the state of Washington.

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General Dynamics to consolidate two combat systems businesses

Posted  July 15, 2013

General Dynamics announced July 15 that, following a comprehensive review of the structure of its Combat Systems business group, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products will be consolidated into General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “In the face of changing demand in some of our markets and increasing competition across the board, we have determined…

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Lockheed Martin delivers antenna assemblies for integration on first GPS III satellite

Posted  July 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martinís Newtown, Pa. facility, were delivered to the companyís GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colo. on…

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