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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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News Briefs March 31, 2014

Posted  March 31, 2014

U.S. military chief in Israel at time of tensions The U.S. military chief has kicked off a visit to Israel at a time of heightened tensions with Israel’s defense minister. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon tried to portray business as usual March 30,…

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Air Force looks to cost-effective technologies to sustain future operations

Posted  March 31, 2014

Focused and balanced investments in science and technology programs across the services were at the center of discussions during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committees subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threat and Capabilities on Capitol Hill, March 26. Dr. David Walker, Air Force deputy assistant secretary of science, technology and engineering, stressed the importance…

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Pilot mentoring program propels the future of hypersonics, young engineers

Posted  March 31, 2014

Hypersonic research and several young engineers are reaping the benefits of a pilot mentoring program at Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9, White Oak, Md.

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Military officials testify on sequestration, readiness

Posted  March 31, 2014

Sequestration would degrade military readiness, senior military officials recently told a Senate panel. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, vice chief of staff; Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant; Air Force Gen. Larry O. Spencer, vice chief of staff; and Navy Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet…

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R/V Neil Armstrong: One small step will mean giant leap for Navy’s research fleet

Posted  March 31, 2014

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder joined family members of the late Neil Armstrong March 29 to christen the Navy's newest research ship, named for the legendary astronaut and first man to walk on the moon.

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High-speed CARS in use at AEDC

Posted  March 31, 2014

Courtesy photograph Two hollow-core fibers (pink-colored at right) provide remote CARS measurements at the exhaust plane of the J85 engine at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. As gas-turbine and hypersonic propulsion systems advance, so must the diagnostic measurement systems used in testing them. The Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Spectroscopy System is a development…

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NASA awards launch services contract for CYGNSS mission

Posted  March 31, 2014

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission. CYGNSS will launch in October 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. This is a firm-fixed price launch-service task order contract worth approximately $55 million….

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne achieve expanded operational range for green propellant infusion mission

Posted  March 31, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne exceeded the technical range objective for the main thruster that will fly aboard the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. This mission will demonstrate in a space environment, a “green” propellant known as AF-M315E, to replace the highly toxic hydrazine and complex bi-propellant systems in-use today. “This is an…

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Headlines March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

News: Air Force’s X-37B space plane shatters orbital endurance record – The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane has broken its own all-time endurance record in orbit after more than 470 days of circling the Earth on a mystery mission for the American military.  Soyuz spacecraft docks with space station after unexpected glitch – Arriving fashionably…

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News Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 25, 2014, at least 2,176 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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