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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navyís primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Lockheed Martin completes functional testing of first GPS III satellite bus electronic systems

Posted  June 5, 2013

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has completed successful functional integration tests of the spacecraft bus and network communications equipment on the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. The recent testing of GPS III space vehicle 1 (SV 1) bus ñ the portion of the space vehicle that carries…

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Headlines June 3, 2013

Posted  June 3, 2013

News Rejecting Obama’s plea, House GOP defense bill keeps Guantanamo open, restricts transfers Rebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans June 3 proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. Italy’s ruling…

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News Briefs June 3, 2013

Posted  June 3, 2013

Study recommends F-16 transfer from Alaska base A draft Environmental Impact Study released by the U.S. Air Force recommends moving forward with a proposal to transfer a F-16 fighter jet squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Anchorage, Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily New Miner reports the 226-page study was released May 31….

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Northrop Grumman to bid on CANES Navy tactical afloat network full deployment contract

Posted  June 3, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced June 3 that it will submit a bid for the U.S. Navy Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) full deployment contract. “The CANES program is critical to modernizing the Navy afloat network for enhanced security, affordability and delivering relevant capabilities to the warfighter,” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager…

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Raytheon books $106 million Pavewayô II contract

Posted  June 3, 2013

Raytheon has booked a $106 million contract for its combat-proven Pavewayô II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. The contract includes Pavewayô kits for both GBU-12 (500-pound) and GBU-58 (250-pound) guided bombs. Pavewayô is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes LRASM vertical launch system tests

Posted  June 3, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) “push-through” testing of a simulated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Four consecutive tests verified that the simulated LRASM can break or “push through” the MK 41 canister’s forward cover without causing damage to the composite structure, air data probe or coatings of the missile. The…

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Wyle receives $5.8 million order to provide scientific services for U.S. Air Force

Posted  June 3, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Wyle will conduct studies to improve the quality and supportability of research flight tests for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a $5.8 million delivery order from the Defense Technical Information Center. Wyle’s subcontractors on the project include Greentree Group, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and Infoscitex, headquartered in Waltham, Mass….

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Dassault Falcon Jet to expand Arkansas completion facility

Posted  June 3, 2013

Dassault Falcon Jet plans to increase the size of its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., to accommodate future Falcons, it was announced May 30 at a press conference attended by Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Senators John Boozman ® and Mark Pryor (D), Representative Tim Griffin ®, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and executives…

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Navy awards contract for operational test CH-53K aircraft

Posted  June 3, 2013

Navy photograph by Sally Wise Navy photograph by Sally Wise NAVAIR CH-53K and Sikorsky program representatives held a formal signing to commemorate the SDTA contract award on May 31 at the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261) office at NAS Patuxent River. From left: Col. Robert Pridgen, USMC, PMA-261 program manager; Michael Torok, Ph.D., CH-53K programs…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted  June 3, 2013

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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