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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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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering realigns for future growth, competitiveness

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing announced May 31 it is establishing new centers for engineering design, propulsion and out-of-production airplane support for Commercial Airplanes as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and profitable growth in its second century. The company, which marks its 100-year anniversary in 2016, will establish engineering design centers in Washington state, South…

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Boeing completes two test milestones for NASA Commercial Crew Program

Posted  June 3, 2013

By successfully completing two significant tests of the integrated Commercial Crew Transportation System, Boeing and United Launch Alliance have moved the United States closer to regaining its capability to return humans to space. The team recently completed the first wind tunnel test for connected scale models of the Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) capsule, launch vehicle…

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NASA’s Hubble will use rare stellar alignment to hunt for planets

Posted  June 3, 2013

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri’s precise…

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Boeing, China Southern Airlines celebrate delivery of first 787 to China

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing and China Southern Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner May 31. China Southern is the first Chinese airline to take delivery of the game-changing airplane. “Today’s 787 delivery represents a significant new milestone in the strengthening partnership between Boeing and China,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP human resources for Aerospace Systems sector

Posted  June 3, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced June 3 it has appointed Heidi Hendrix vice president, human resources, for the company’s Aerospace Systems sector, effective immediately. In this role, Hendrix will be responsible for all aspects of human resources in the Aerospace Systems sector, including attracting, developing, retaining, supporting and engaging a diverse, inclusive and high-performance workforce. “Northrop Grumman…

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Northrop Grumman, University of New Mexico partner for senior engineering design project

Posted  June 3, 2013

Northrop Grumman recently partnered with the University of New Mexico to sponsor an electrical and computer engineering senior design project. The project, titled Adaptive Optics, had students model and write matrix laboratory code to perform adaptive optics correction, starting with the generation of a distorted wavefront and culminating with a corrected, undistorted image. “Northrop Grumman…

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Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance aircraft flies for four hours

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing photograph A U.S. Army and Boeing team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft May 22. The aircraft was in the air for more than four hours and completed all first-flight test objectives, including evaluation of aerodynamic handling qualities, aircraft…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy complete first phase of RAM Block 2 developmental testing

Posted  June 3, 2013

The U.S. Navy has completed the first series of developmental and operational testing of Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2. In at-sea tests conducted from the U.S. Navy’s Self-Defense Test Ship, RAM Block 2 missiles engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. The DT/OT tests successfully engaged…

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Wyle wins $46.8 million award to support U.S. Army missile, weapon systems

Posted  June 3, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract worth $46.8 million to provide logistics, engineering, technical, programmatic and field engineering services for a variety of missile and close combat weapon systems for the U.S. Army. The award, in a task order from the Reliability Information Analysis Center, supports the Army’s Program Executive Office,…

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NASA’s GRAIL mission solves mystery of moon’s surface gravity

Posted  June 3, 2013

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon’s gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL’s twin spacecraft studied the internal…

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