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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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ATK delivers fully outfitted light gunship to Jordan

Posted  May 2, 2014

ATK, a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, in conjunction with King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, has delivered the first modified CASA-235 light gunship aircraft to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ATK was awarded a contract by KADDB to modify two of the country’s CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly capable and cost-effective special mission…

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T-34C crashes at sea near Corpus Christi

Posted  May 2, 2014

A U.S. Navy T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft assigned to Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) with two pilots aboard crashed May 1 while conducting a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:20 a.m., CST. Initial reports indicate the pilots were able to bail out of the aircraft, and that neither pilot was injured….

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K helicopter with rotor blades

Posted  May 2, 2014

Sikorsky photograph Sikorsky’s CH-53K heavy lift helicopter spun the main and tail rotor blades for the first time April 17, at the company’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with…

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Air Force implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted  May 2, 2014

The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who have fewer than 18 years or 20…

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NASA invests in hundreds of U.S. small businesses to enable future missions

Posted  May 2, 2014

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

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Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i light helicopter for first time

Posted  May 2, 2014

Boeing's AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter's close air support and attack capabilities.

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GOES-R weather satellite modules delivered to Lockheed Martin

Posted  May 2, 2014

The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the…

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Lockheed Martin employees’ donations support 48 charitable agencies with more than $240,000

Posted  May 2, 2014

PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Employees Reaching Out (AERO) Club delivered checks totaling more than $240,000 to 48 non-profit agencies in Antelope Valley and surrounding communities.  “The generosity of our employees by donating through the AERO Club shows the tight connection we feel between the community and our company,” said Tom Hartmann, director of…

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Team JSTARS reaches 100,000-hour flying milestone

Posted  May 2, 2014

When a car surpasses 100,000 miles, it may be time to get a new one.

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Hubble astronomers use supernovae to gauge power of cosmic lenses

Posted  May 2, 2014

Distant exploding stars observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are providing astronomers with a powerful tool to determine the strength of naturally-occurring “cosmic lenses” that are used to magnify objects in the remote universe. Two teams of astronomers, working independently, observed three such exploding stars, called supernovae. Their light was amplified by the immense gravity…

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