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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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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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Navy decommissions USS Miami

Posted  March 28, 2014

The Navy formally decommissioned Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), March 28, during an indoor ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Past and present crew members, their families and other invited guests attended the event. “Admiral, the watch is secured,” reported Miami’s skipper Cmdr. Rolf Spelker to Submarine Group 2 commander…

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Navy to christen research vessel Neil Armstrong

Posted  March 28, 2014

May 29, the Navy will christen the Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) during a ceremony held at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed in Anacortes, Wash. In keeping with tradition, Carol Armstrong, the ships sponsor, will break a bottle of sparkling wine against the ship and christen it in the…

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Navy’s most advanced command, control aircraft joins fleet

Posted  March 28, 2014

Navy photograph by PO2 Ernest R. Scott An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flies over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 provides airborne early warning and command and control to Carrier Air Wing 1 and is assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The…

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Raytheon announces new state-of-the-art office complex in North Texas

Posted  March 28, 2014

Raytheon announced plans March 26 to move its Garland, Texas, operations to a new state-of-the-art office complex to be built at the CityLine development in Richardson, Texas. Raytheon will occupy 489,000 square feet in three buildings located near the intersection of President George Bush Turnpike and North Central Expressway (US 75), and will begin the…

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