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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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New AFRL laboratory forging future of energy-efficient aircraft

Posted  December 3, 2012

With an eye toward the energy optimization needs of future military aircraft, the Air Force Research Laboratory is cutting the ribbon on a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet the research and development demands of complex and rapidly-changing platforms. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Lab is a 53,000 square foot, three-story, multi-laboratory facility devoted to…

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nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle makes its maiden flight

Posted  December 3, 2012

The nEUROn, Europeís unmanned combat air vehicle stealth technology demonstrator, successfully completed its maiden flight Dec. 1 from the Dassault Aviation companyís flight test base in Istres, France, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of the French defense procurement agency. The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involves France, Italy,…

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Lockheed Martin delivers first U.S. Army DRTS, begins work on third range

Posted  December 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has delivered its first Digital Range Training System to the U.S. Army for live fire gunnery qualifications by armored vehicle crews and has begun development on a third range under a $13.8 million contract award. The Digital Range Training System provides a realistic combat environment for Abrams, Bradley and Stryker crews. The initial…

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NASA announces new civil rights compliance Website for grant recipients

Posted  December 3, 2012

NASA has launched a new website, MissionSTEM.nasa.gov, devoted to broadening the reach of its civil rights technical assistance program. The goal of the site is to increase communication between NASA, its grantee institutions and other stakeholders on civil rights compliance, equal opportunity and diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs funded by NASA….

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Raytheon wins first contract for new lightweight GPS anti-jam capability for land systems

Posted  December 3, 2012

Raytheon UK has been awarded a significant contract by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence for delivery of a new GPS Anti-Jam Antenna System. The contract is for an undisclosed number of advanced systems for deployment in operational theaters spanning multiple vehicle platforms. This UOR (Urgent Operational Requirement) contract is the first award for Raytheon’s…

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NORAD provides Website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 3, 2012

Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world and more, officials said,…

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ATK awarded contract for MDACS technology development, risk reduction

Posted  December 3, 2012

ATK has been awarded a $52.7 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of Modular Divert and Attitude Control System technologies applicable to the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB missile interceptors. The technology contract will be executed by ATK Defense Group’s Elkton, Maryland operation. The MDACS propulsion system provides the impulse needed for…

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NASA researchers discover ancient microbes in Antarctic lake

Posted  December 3, 2012

In one of the most remote lakes of Antarctica, nearly 65 feet beneath the icy surface, scientists from NASA, the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., the University of Illinois at Chicago, and nine other institutions, have uncovered a community of bacteria. This discovery of life existing in one of Earth’s darkest, saltiest and coldest…

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Virgin Galactic selects Quantum3Dís advanced simulation platform for spaceship command training

Posted  December 3, 2012

Quantum3D, Inc., announced Dec. 3 Virgin Galactic, the worldís first commercial spaceline, has ordered Quantum3Dís six-channel IndependenceÆ IDX 7000 image generator. Quantum 3D is a leading provider of visual computing solutions for government and commercial applications. Virgin Galactic will use Quantum3Dís most advanced real-time image generator to train pilots on spaceship equipment and command. Our…

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Lockheed Martin receives JASSM contract for integration onto Finnish Air Force F-18

Posted  December 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $5.1 million Foreign Military Sale contract from the U.S. Air Force to support integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. The contract is for the first phase of a six-year effort of software development and aircraft integration support. Additional contract awards are expected…

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