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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford Business

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Space

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Defense

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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News briefs – October 15, 2012

Posted  October 15, 2012

Ohio’s GOP Senate hopeful urges review of U.S. bases   Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel says the U.S. should examine its overseas military installations and consider whether to close bases in Europe and elsewhere. The Republican contender said Oct. 11 there should be a review of foreign bases, similar to the domestic efforts of the…

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Boeing starting production of KC-46 tanker refueling boo

Posted  October 16, 2012

Boeing this week begins assembling the first refueling boom for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft in the KC-46 Boom Assembly Center that opened today at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. “We’re pleased that this facility opened on schedule,” said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager for Boeing. “The KC-46A…

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U.S. continues to send nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

Posted  October 16, 2012

The United States will continue to funnel nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, and urges the international community to unite against Bashar Assad’s regime, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Oct. 15. The State Department is providing $100 million worth of nonlethal aid to those seeking to overthrow Assad. The opposition in Syria rose after…

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Boeing, AFRL sodium guide star laser enhancing space situational awareness mission

Posted  October 16, 2012

Air Force photograph by R. Rugate A new, 50-watt sodium laser built by Boeing and the Air Force Research Laboratory began operating recently on a 3.5-meter telescope at Kirtland Air Force Base’s Starfire Optical Range, helping scientists and researchers to capture more accurate and detailed images of objects in Earth orbit. A sodium guide star…

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Marine Corps Heritage Foundation accepting submissions for annual awards

Posted  October 16, 2012

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual awards program. Each year the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents awards honoring the outstanding, creative work of individuals in preserving and promulgating the Marine Corps’ history, traditions and culture. Marines and civilians alike may submit their own entries or the distinguished work of…

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Space

NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin completes rocket engine thrust chamber test

Posted  October 16, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue’s Reusable Booster System, the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test was part of Blue…

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CalVet, State Library to launch library resource programs for vets

Posted  October 16, 2012

Volunteers needed at Redding, Bakersfield, and San Diego libraries The California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Library are joining forces to help California veterans get connected to the benefits and services they’ve earned through military service. This year long pilot program will create a Veterans Resource Center staffed by trained volunteers in…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted  October 16, 2012

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter crew chief SSgt. Darron Cothran (left) and a Lockheed Maintainer from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pull the wheel chalks on the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast…

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Aerojet achieves two million work hours without a lost-time injury milestone

Posted  October 16, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that its Sacramento, Calif., headquarters has achieved two million work hours without a lost-time injury. Aerojet’s Sacramento site reached the milestone Sept. 26. “To achieve this injury-free milestone takes not only an individual, but team effort, throughout our entire facility,” said Bob Werling, vice president of Sacramento operations….

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Boeing to build 702HP communications satellite for SES

Posted  October 16, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has been selected by SES S.A. to provide a new satellite that will expand direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services to the fast-growing markets of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. SES-9 – ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES…

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