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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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Sikorsky Innovations awarded contract for phase 1 DARPA X-plane program

Posted  December 16, 2013

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has won a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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SSL selected to build high-power, multi-mission satellite AsiaSat 9

Posted  December 16, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited announced Dec. 16 the signing of a construction agreement for a high power, multi-mission satellite, AsiaSat 9, to be used for television broadcast, private networks and broadband services across the Asia Pacific. The satellite is expected to be launched in 2016. “SSL and AsiaSat have developed a…

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Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs

Posted  December 16, 2013

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds…

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Veterans

Long-time MIA pilot’s remains found, laid to rest

Posted  December 16, 2013

Exactly 45 years after an Air Force pilot disappeared over Laos, his family finally had their chance to say their goodbyes in a repatriation ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13.

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 100th F-35 Lightning II

Posted  December 16, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Alex Groves Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein accepts commemorative U.S. flag from Chris Felten, a Lockheed Martin F-35 production employee, at the 100th F-35 Inauguration. At a ceremony attended by more than 2,000 employees and guests, Lockheed Martin celebrated the production of its 100th F-35 Lightning II. Defense leaders Gen. Robin Rand,…

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NASA rover results include first age measurement on Mars, help for human exploration

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars’ past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial…

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Thousands lay wreaths at Arlington gravesites

Posted  December 16, 2013

More than 143,000 wreaths were placed on gravesites, Dec. 14, as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

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NASA Chief Engineer Michael Ryschkewitsch to Lead Space Programs at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Posted  December 16, 2013

Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch, currently chief engineer at NASA, has been selected to lead the Space Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., starting in January. Ryschkewitsch, a highly regarded expert within the space science and engineering community, is presently responsible for the technical readiness of all NASA programs. He previously served…

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CSAF outlines joint strike fighterís value

Posted  December 16, 2013

On the day that Lockheed-Martin delivered its 100th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to the Air Force, the services leaders today marked the milestone and outlined the aircrafts value. The F-35 will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where it will serve as the first training aircraft for pilots of the fifth-generation…

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Forecast International sees Pentagon bracing for major acquisition decisions

Posted  December 16, 2013

The Pentagon is fighting an uphill battle against a fractured Congress eager to rein in deficits, though lawmakers thus far appear either unwilling or unable to do so in a sound and practical manner, according to a recent analysis by Forecast International. “The discord on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the Pentagon’s acquisition plans through…

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