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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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NASA, Air Force seek next generation space processor program

Posted  April 12, 2013

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions. Through a broad agency announcement, the Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program is seeking two to four companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced…

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U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awards General Dynamics $9.5 million contract for Abrams spares

Posted  April 12, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with an estimated potential value of $9.5 million by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to provide spare parts in support of the Abrams main battle tank. “The Defense Logistics Agency has a strategic goal of…

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VA funding reflects commitment to vets

Posted  April 12, 2013

Emphasizing that a nation’s budget reflects its core priorities, a senior Veterans Affairs Department official said the proposed 10 percent fiscal year 2014 budget increase for VA and the fact that the department is specifically sheltered from sequestration demonstrate America’s unwavering commitment to its veterans. Tommy Sowers, assistant VA secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs,…

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Headlines April 10, 2013

Posted  April 10, 2013

News Pentagon’s $526.6 billion budget asks Congress for unpopular cuts The Pentagon unveiled a $526.6 billion budget April 10 that calls for base closures, program cancellations and smaller pay increases, but which is still $52 billion higher than spending caps set by law, putting the department on a path toward another year of financial uncertainty….

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News Briefs April 10, 2013

Posted  April 10, 2013

U.S. fighter crashes in Gulf; crew rescued The U.S. Navy says a fighter jet has crashed into the Persian Gulf near the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, but both crew members were rescued safely by divers. The Navy cited engine failure on the F/A-18F Super Hornet as the reason for the April 8 crash….

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Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range integrated fuel system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Raytheon successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company’s extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon. During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle. The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations…

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Updated Laser Rangefinder/Designator from Northrop Grumman, DRS Technologies completes successful flight testing

Posted  April 10, 2013

Following flight testing at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz., the Mast Mounted Sight-Diode Pumped Laser Rangefinder/Designator developed by Northrop Grumman) and partner DRS Technologies successfully demonstrated its capabilities for the U.S. Army. The MMS-DP LRF/D is designed as a drop-in replacement for the legacy MMS LRF/D, which was also produced by Northrop Grumman….

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Embraer selects RTI Connext DDS for KC-390 mission computer system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Real-Time Innovations, the real-time infrastructure software company, today announced that Embraer Defense and Security has selected Connextô DDS (Data Distribution Service) for the software development of its KC-390 military transport aircraft mission computer. With this announcement, RTI also expands its presence into South America. RTI is honored that Embraer has selected our Connext DDS solution…

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SAIC awarded contract By Sandia National Laboratories

Posted  April 10, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by Sandia National Laboratories to provide mission computing and information technology services in support of the Department of Energy. The single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has five-year base period of performance, one two-year option, and a total contract value of approximately $228 million, if the option…

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Element Materials Technology acquires Sherry Laboratories to become largest U.S. aerospace materials testing company

Posted  April 10, 2013

Element Material Technology has acquired Sherry Laboratories, one of the largest independent materials testing businesses in the United States. This significant transaction will add nearly 300 specialized staff and 10 facilities to Elementís existing network of 30 laboratories, making Element Americaís largest dedicated aerospace materials testing company. The acquisition reinforces Elementís core growth objective, which…

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