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Army researcher’s interest in robotics leads to innovative device

Army photograph by Doug LaFon Dan Baechle, left, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Multifunctional Materials research team, has created a laboratory prototype of a device he designed to sense and damp out arm tremors for Army marksmanship training. Robotic exoskeletons have been a science fiction theme and an engineering feat since the 1960s. Practical…

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Pave Hawk maintainers keep rescue birds flying

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Swafford Airman Joshua Herron, a 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60 Pave Hawk crew chief, completes a 50-hour inspection on a Pave Hawk at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 28, 2015. The 41st EHMU ensures Pave Hawks on Bagram Airfield are prepared for flight and returned to a mission-ready state…

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B-52s demonstrate strategic reach

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Raughton A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after a 44-hour sortie July 2, 2015. Aircrew members and two B-52s from Barksdale AFB’s 96th Bomb Squadron flew a round-trip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces…

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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…


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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted  May 7, 2014

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system

Posted  May 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph In tests off the California coast, the Lockheed Martin ADAM laser system burns through the hull of a military-grade boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh7QcHlI6Eo&list=UUJWcF0ex7_doPdIQGbVpDsQ In tests off the California coast, a Lockheed Martin prototype laser system successfully disabled two boats at a range of approximately 1.6 kilometers (approximately 1 mile). These were the first tests…

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NASA simulator successfully recreates space dust

Posted  May 7, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/Ames/Farid Salama Scanning Electron Microscope image of a large (approximately 1.5 micrometer diameter) aggregate of nanograins produced in the Cosmic Simulation Chamber at NASA’s Ames Research Center, using a 95 percent Ar – 5 percent C2H2 gas mixture. The nanograins and aggregates are deposited onto ultra-high vacuum aluminum foil. A team of…

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New space research platform ready for flight test

Posted  May 7, 2014

The United States Rocket Academy announced the delivery of the first Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, a new research platform which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads. The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is now under construction at the Mojave…

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U.S. military to assist in search for missing Nigerian girls

Posted  May 7, 2014

About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said May 7. President Barack Obama directed the formation of an interagency coordination and assessment…

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First Iraqi F-16 completes first flight

Posted  May 7, 2014

  Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight of the inaugural F-16 Fighting Falcon for the Iraq Air Force. The jet is the first of 36 F-16 Block 52 aircraft on order through the U.S. Department of Defense for Iraq. With more than 4,540 F-16s delivered to date, the Foreign Military Sale to Iraq…

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Marines deploy with first, unmanned RQ-21A Blackjack system

Posted  May 7, 2014

Marine Corps photograph U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. The Department of the Navyís new,…

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Ball Aerospace awarded Stalker contract to protect U.S. Navy ships

Posted  May 7, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $23.9 million dollar firm-fixed-price contract for the Stalker long-range electro-optical infrared laser sensor system under a contract to the NATO Seasparrow Project Office. The contract includes $10 million in options for additional work. The contract effort includes Stalker transition to production of the current Stalker developmental…

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Headlines May 5, 2014

Posted  May 5, 2014

News: DOD personnel costs could force program cuts – The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.   Business: With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes – A series…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo electromagnetic interference tests

Posted  May 5, 2014

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

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