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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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Defense

Secretary favors ‘third party’ approach to engage Congress

Posted  May 1, 2013

Army leaders may not make the best advocates when it comes to convincing Congress and the American people which systems soldiers really need, said the Army's secretary.

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Space

NASA Extends crew flight contract with Russian space agency

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017. NASA is facilitating development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe,…

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AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy, reliability

Posted  May 1, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend ATA Mission Support Department construction manager Dusty Kirkham conducts calibration tests on the new roll mechanism that will be used at AEDC in the Propulsion Wind Tunnelís four foot transonic wind tunnel, 4T. The roll mechanism which supports the sting, or test support arm, and the test article provides…

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Intermediate Space Challenge set for May 13

Posted  May 1, 2013

Lots of well behaved, but loud, 4th to 6th graders will be participating in the 9th Annual Intermediate Space Challenge at the Mojave Air and Space Port May 13. The creation of Fiberset founder and CEO Marie Walker, ISC aims to show local school children that rocketry is a fun activity, and that scientific smarts…

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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills seven

Posted  May 1, 2013

A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff April 29, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Taliban’s claims are false.” It said the…

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SpaceShipTwo first powered flight goes as planned

Posted  May 1, 2013

http://www.aerotechnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/spaceshiptwo1.jpg Close up of SS2 during successful rocket-powered flight. It took eight and a half years and only lasted for 16 seconds, but all involved know the wait was worth it. SpaceShipTwo being developed for Virgin Galactic had its first powered flight on April 29. The unique hybrid nitrous oxide liquid oxidizer and hydroxyl terminated…

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Edwards Civ-Mil selects 2013 projects; honors contributors

Posted  May 1, 2013

The April Edwards Civilian-Military support Group directors meeting discussed the 2013 project for the base, and verified the annual barbecue date. They also heard reports on the AV Board of Trade Washington, D.C., tour and the California Space Week celebration in Sacramento. Several projects for the base were discussed. Rehabilitation of the name plaques at…

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NASA rover prototype set to explore Greenland ice sheet

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA's newest scientific rover is set for testing May 3 through June 8 in the highest part of Greenland.

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Business

Lockheed Martin celebrates golden anniversary in Huntsville, Ala., and commitment to innovation

Posted  May 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin°Øs first building in Huntsville, Ala., shown here in a 1960s era photo, was constructed 50 years ago on the Bradford Drive, which today is the site of nine buildings. Lockheed Martin commemorated 50 years of operations in Huntsville, Ala., May 1 with a celebration attended by approximately 1,000 people, including…

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Veterans

VA withholds disability claims executives’ bonuses

Posted  May 1, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is withholding bonuses for senior officials who oversee disability claims, citing a failure to meet performance goals for reducing a sizable backlog in claims processing. The backlog has increased dramatically over the past three years, and the department has come under intense criticism from veterans groups and members of Congress…

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