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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Ceremony remembers prisoners of war, missing in action

Posted  September 21, 2012

A small group gathered at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale, Calif., Sept. 15 to honor prisoners of war and those still missing in action. The third Friday of September is observed as National POW/ MIA Remembrance Day. Under the guidance of Maj. Conrad Hernandez, ROTC members from Highland High School, Jose Burkhart, Andrew McCollum, Angelyn Ancheta…

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Space

Lockheed Martin marks defense meteorological satellite program 50th anniversary

Posted  September 21, 2012

Fifty years ago, a small weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. It was the first in a series that would later become known as the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, spanning 41 successful launches over a half-century, with two satellites still remaining to be sent into space. All were…

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AFMC commander among Air Force leaders offering perspectives at AFA four-star forum

Posted  September 21, 2012

Twelve Air Force senior leaders leveraged their candor and experience to share insight and answer questions regarding the service as it enters a new era of leadership. The panelists assembled on the final day of the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 19, 2012. Led by Air Force Chief…

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USS Enterprise to inactivate after 51 years of service

Posted  September 21, 2012

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will inactivate Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the…

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Northrop Grumman to develop navigation system for Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

Posted  September 21, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a competitive prototyping contract by Boeing to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will produce a prototype inertial navigation system demonstrating fiber-optic gyro performance suitability for F/A-18 E/F and…

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President nominates Vollrath as assistant Defense Secretary

Posted  September 21, 2012

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick E. Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath has been performing the position’s duties as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Before appointment to his current position in March, he had been president of Vollrath Consulting since 2006….

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AV Fairgrounds holds 21st Annual Salute to Youth

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber At this table, students learned about the Science Mission at NASA using a robotic arm to teach about the rover on Mars. Salute to Youth, Career Connection is a long-standing tradition for the Antelope Valley, Calif. The annual event is sponsored by the community to encourage students to learn more about…

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News Briefs – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Reservist, defense contractor plead not guilty   A military contractor and an Army reservist have pleaded not guilty to charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar scheme to win military contracts in Afghanistan. Prosecutors say defense contractor Michael L. Taylor is being held on a related federal complaint of trying to bribe an FBI agent…

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New President for SETP

Posted  September 21, 2012

Doug Benjamin will soon take the reins from SETP President Steve Rainey. Presently, a Boeing Chief Pilot for Military Transport and an engineering test pilot, Benjamin has a career spanning 34 years with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.

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Blue skies greet Endeavour, SCA at Edwards landing

Posted  September 21, 2012

A familiar sight appeared in the clear blue skies of the Mojave Desert as the space shuttle Endeavour and its modified NASA 747 carrier aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20.

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