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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.


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Boeing machinists union in St. Louis approve contract extension

Posted  February 24, 2014

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site’s future. The company’s contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired…

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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

Posted  February 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is…

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Headlines – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

News: Troops left to fend for themselves after Army was warned of flaws in rifle – Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, a 20-year Green Beret, has learned that if you want to improve your chances to survive, it’s best to personally make modifications to the Army’s primary rifle — the M4 carbine.  Lawsuit brings…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Philippine military chief: China claims nonsense The Philippine military chief has said Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea are nonsense an dhas vowed to defend fishermen if they face intimidation by Beijings naval forces. The comments Feb. 20 by Gen. Emmanuel Baustita in an interview with The Associated Press are the latest in…

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AFTC’s King Hangar investigation report released

Posted  February 21, 2014

Results of an Air Force Test Center commander directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred last month at King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were released Feb. 18. The unintended activation of the fire suppression system at approximately noon Jan. 8 resulted in the death of a civilian contractor, while…

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Lockheed Martin receives $92 million U.S. Army Apache targeting, pilotage system sustainment contract

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin received a $92 million Performance Based Logistics contract in December 2013 from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system.  The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support…

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Keel authenticated for 11th littoral combat ship, the future Sioux City

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City. The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel laying ceremony Feb. 19…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates JAGM dual-mode guidance section in recent flight test

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile dual-mode guidance section engaging a laser-designated moving target during an internally funded flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flight test, which was part of Lockheed Martin’s internal research and development program, is an important risk reduction milestone critical to Lockheed Martin’s performance on the…

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Northrop Grumman’s common imagery processor deploys to support Global Hawk Block 40

Posted  February 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has taken another important step in supporting the Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System by deploying to Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, N. D., last year. To address an urgent outstanding U.S. Air Force requirement for Global Hawk sensor operators to be able to view and…

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F-35B aircraft fly in formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing mode

Posted  February 21, 2014

Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing mode for the first time last week. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the aircraft had on…

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