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Celebrate with NASA as agency commemorates Hubble’s 25th anniversary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 this year. The observatory has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond, and helped us find our place among the stars. NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders receive Congressional Gold Medal

Leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders April 15 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center Emancipation Hall.

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F-35 program on right track, director says

Luke Lightning strikes at Nellis Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15, 2015. Maintainers and operations personnel from Luke AFB and Eglin AFB, Fla., came…

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Raytheon to test new multi-mode seeker for Tomahawk cruise missile

Using company-funded independent research and development investment, Raytheon is preparing for a multi-mode seeker test designed for a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile.

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Army plans intelligence system to be lighter weight, easier to use

Future versions of the Distributed Common Ground System - Army, or DCGS-A, will be less complex and easier to use, Army leaders told lawmakers.


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Boeing receives first multi-year contract for rescue radio logistics support

Posted  April 25, 2014

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Under a new four-year contract from the U.S. Air Force, Boeing will provide maintenance, engineering, training and support for the system that enables the rescue of downed pilots and other warfighters in danger. The Combat Survivor Evader Locator program’s first multi-year logistics contract is valued at $32.5 million in total. A…

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in NASA’s Hubble archive

Posted  April 25, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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Lockheed Martin to develop weapons grade fiber laser for U.S. Army field test

Posted  April 25, 2014

– The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $25 million contract to design, build and test a 60-kilowatt electric laser to be integrated and tested in a truck-mounted weapon system demonstrator. The laser weapon is designed to significantly improve the warfighters’ ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats. Under a contract managed…

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173rd conducts unscheduled training with Latvian Army

Posted  April 25, 2014

Approximately 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy, arrived in Latvia April 24, to conduct small unit and leader training with members of the Latvian Army.

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Engine test facility upgrade improves exhaust handling efficiency

Posted  April 25, 2014

Military and commercial aircraft engine developers rely on simulated altitude testing conducted at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s, or AEDC, engine test facility, or ETF for their research and development of engine capabilities. The condition of the test facility determines the quality of the test and there is an ongoing upgrade project for two of the intercoolers…

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High school students create winning design for NASA’s first flight of Orion

Posted  April 25, 2014

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge.

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Northrop Grumman completes PDR for B-2 bomber software upgrade

Posted  April 25, 2014

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a major U.S. Air Force review of a new software upgrade for the B-2 stealth bomber. The upgrade is part of the Air Force’s Flexible Strike Phase 1 program. It is the first step in a process that will help increase the jet’s mission capabilities and reduce its maintenance costs….

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Blackbird Airpark open house set for April 26

Posted  April 25, 2014

The Flight Test Historical Foundation will be hosting an SR-71 and U-2 50-Year Cold War Commemoration 10 a.m.,-4 p.m., April 26 at Blackbird Airpark located at Air Force Plant 42. The Airpark is at 2509 East Ave. P in Palmdale. The main feature of this event will be a “meet-and-greet” with Robert Gilliland, a Lockheed…

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NASA’s Spitzer, WISE telescopes find close, cold neighbor of sun

Posted  April 25, 2014

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known - a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

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Headlines April 23, 2014

Posted  April 23, 2014

News: U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia – After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said.  Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea – U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of…

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