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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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XCOR Aerospace, ULA achieve major milestone in liquid hydrogen engine program

Posted  November 20, 2013

XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced a significant milestone Nov. 19, the first successful hot fire of the subscale 2500 lbf thrust XR-5H25 engine in the XCOR® and ULA liquid hydrogen engine development program.

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ULA Atlas V Rocket successfully launches MAVEN mission on journey to Red Planet

Posted  November 20, 2013

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:28 p.m., EST, Nov. 18. This was ULA’s 10th launch of the year and marks the 41st Atlas V mission and the 76th launch for ULA….

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ATK, Alenia Aermacchi earn Italian Air Force contract for roll-on/roll-off palletized gun, command, control systems

Posted  November 20, 2013

ATK has announced that the Alenia/ATK team has been notified by the Italian Air Force they have been selected for the integration of the Roll-On/Roll-Off, palletized Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2-ISR) and gun systems onto the Italian Air Force MC-27J multi-mission aircraft. The award represents an important contract for the partnership between…

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First Rivet Joint delivered to the Royal Air Force

Posted  November 20, 2013

The first of three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft was officially delivered to the United Kingdom during a special ceremony at Royal Air Force Waddington, England, Nov. 12.

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Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN launches to Mars

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 1:28 p.m, EST, Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. The spacecraft has departed Earth and is now on its way to Mars, where it will study the planet’s…

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NASA tests space launch system autopilot technology on F/A-18 jet

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad…

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ATK’s autonomous flight safety assembly makes first flight

Posted  November 20, 2013

ATK propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies supported the Nov. 19 successful launch of an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I vehicle from Wallops Island, Va. The Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-3 mission marked the 11th launch of a Minotaur I vehicle. ORS-3 is the first of three flights planned to certify the integrated flight safety assembly for…

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Additional remains of Air Force pilot found

Posted  November 20, 2013

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.

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Ball Aerospace-built STPSat-3 Satellite Launches from Wallops Island

Posted  November 20, 2013

The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. STPSat-3 satellite built for the Department of Defense and part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission, successfully launched from Wallops Island, Va., on board a Minotaur I at 8:15 p.m., EST, Nov. 19. STPSat-3 joins its predecessor, the Ball-built STPSat-2, which launched in 2010 on the same date….

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

Posted  November 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph For the first time, both Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators participated in tests with a single aircraft carrier. While one remained onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the second conducted flight operations. The X-47Bs performed multiple precise touch-and-goes, arrested landings, catapults, and commanded and autonomous wave-offs in November 2013. The…

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