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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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Hubble watches stars’ clockwork motion in nearby galaxy

Posted  February 21, 2014

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our…

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John S. Rego joins Virgin Galactic as new CFO

Posted  February 21, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. ñ Feb. 18, Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced John S. Rego has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rego brings nearly three decades of finance, accounting and operations experience to the commercial space company. As CFO, Rego will provide overall strategic and operational direction to Virgin Galactics…

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GPS IIF-5 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS

Posted  February 21, 2014

The U. S. Air Force officials successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m., EST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.

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Saabs Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system selected as standard issue for U.S. Army

Posted  February 21, 2014

Defense and security company Saab’s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue…

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Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted  February 21, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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DRS wins supplier excellence award from Northrop Grumman

Posted  February 21, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, was among 24 suppliers selected from more than 5,000 to win an award for excellence from the Northrop Grumman Corporation. DRS’s C4ISR business group was recognized for providing outstanding support on a challenging and sensitive program with high visibility from Northrop’s Information Systems sector. The DRS team maintained a…

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Conferences and Events – March 2014

Posted  February 20, 2014

March 1-2 – UK SEDS National Student Space Conference, Leicester, United Kingdom   March 1-2 – Meeting 4: Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities: Decadal Survey for Ocean Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii   March 1-8 – 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Mont.   March 3-5 – National Research Council’s Space Science Week,…

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Headlines – February 19, 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

News:  ‘Unfunded’ lists reveal fissures between HASC leaders – The return of a budget tactic that was banned by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates shows just how politicized Pentagon spending issues have become.  Senior HASC lawmaker Forbes presses Navy on UCLASS requirements – A member of Congress, Rep. Randy Forbes, is so concerned about a new Navy…

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You can run, but you can’t hide

Posted  February 19, 2014

The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects heat sources, successfully completed its first flight aboard an F/A-18 Super Hornet on Feb. 11, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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News Briefs February 19, 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

Captured U.S. soldiers family cautiously optimistic The parents of the only known U.S. prisoner of war say they are ìcautiously optimisticî about reported renewed efforts to win his freedom. U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan and is believed to be held in Pakistan. The Washington Post reported…

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