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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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Improved Gray Eagle flies with SIGINT pod, Hellfire missiles

Posted  May 23, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, announced May 21 the successful second endurance flight of the U.S. Armyís Improved Gray EagleÆ prototype Unmanned Aircraft System, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Gray Eagle UAS that has accumulated over 100,000 flight…

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NASA invites public to select favorite Moon image for lunar orbiter anniversary collection

Posted  May 23, 2014

NASAís Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO’s many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection. “‘The Moon as Art’ collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon…

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Machinists union votes to settle Stennis strike

Posted  May 23, 2014

Machinists union members at Mississippi’s Stennis Space Center have voted to accept a contract proposal from Lockheed Martin, settling a five-day strike. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Machinists Lodge 2249 voted 41-7 May 20 to accept a contract with Lockheed Martin. The union represents about 115 workers who support NASA rocket testing at…

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Auburn, Air Force win AFRL design competition

Posted  May 23, 2014

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Auburn University Team accepts first place at the third annual Air Force Research Laboratory Collegiate and Service Academy Engineering Design Competition. Team members shown left to right are John Bissell, Kameron Braxton, Luke Hasha, Travis Campbell, Matthew Park and Morgan Allison. Seventeen universities and three service academies came together…

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GA-ASI, Rhode & Schwarz team to develop voice communications certification for Predator B

Posted  May 23, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz, the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless communications, Electromagnetic Compatibility Test and Measurement equipment, and broadcasting T&M equipment for digital terrestrial television, announced May 21 that they have signed a Teaming Agreement to integrate and flight demonstrate Rohde & Schwarz’s air traffic control radios on the Predator®…

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FRCSE is first Navy depot slated to repair F-35 aircraft components

Posted  May 23, 2014

The Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Site Depot Activation Team in Jacksonville, Fla., is diligently working to establish capability later this month to repair the F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter AN/APG-81 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar system earning FRCSE the distinction as the first Navy military depot to work on JSF components.

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Boeing expands customers’ fuel-efficiency capabilities by acquiring ETS Aviation

Posted  May 23, 2014

Boeing announced May 23 an agreement to acquire ETS Aviation, a provider of fuel-efficiency management and analytics software. ETS Aviation solutions lead the market, providing more than 120 airlines and corporate flight departments the tools necessary to accurately monitor fuel consumption, identify fuel savings opportunities, and track and report carbon emissions. ETS Aviation’s fuel efficiency…

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Air Force leaders issue Memorial Day message

Posted  May 23, 2014

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families: ìOn May 30, 1868, the first official Memorial Day observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor and…

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Lockheed Martin launch Worldview-3 satellite

Posted  May 23, 2014

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services will launch the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing spacecraft, placing it into orbit Aug. 13 for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions. WorldView-3 will be launched aboard an Atlas V. The launch is scheduled for 11:29 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Space Launch Complex-3E…

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NASA releases Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ mosaic of our home planet

Posted  May 23, 2014

NASA photograph NASA’s “Global Selfie” Earth mosaic contains more than 36,000 individual photographs from the more than 50,000 images posted around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world on social…

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