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NASA launches NOAA weather satellite aboard ULA rocket to improve forecasts

NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites, equipped with next-generation technology and designed to improve the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts out to seven days.

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Wilson to logistics Airmen: ‘Failing at logistics can bring down the mighty’

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson spoke about how logistics acquisitions contribute to the success of the Air Force at the 2017 Logistics Officers Association Symposium in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2017.

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U.S. Air Force extends E-8C Joint STARS fleet support partnership with Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a 12-month, $349.6 million contract for Total System Support Responsibility of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet.

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AFTC commander lauds community heroes

Speaking to an audience of about 300 veterans and family, plus military supporters and active service military, Col. Angela W. Suplisson shared a few thoughts on her concept of what constitutes a hero.

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For the first time, Army sensors can detect aircraft damage as it occurs

For the first time ever, a team of researchers successfully developed and tested networked acoustic emission sensors that can detect airframe damage on conceptual composite UH-60 Black Hawk rotorcraft.


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House votes overwhelmingly to pass $700 billion defense bill

Posted  November 17, 2017

House Republicans and Democrats joined forces Nov. 14 to decisively approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion to restock what lawmakers have described as a depleted U.S. military and counter North Korea’s advancing nuclear weapons program. Lawmakers voted 356-70 to pass the legislation, with 127 Democrats backing the measure. Once the defense bill…

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LC-130 aircrew completes South Pole mission

Posted  November 17, 2017

The harsh, unforgiving and unpredictable weather of Antarctica made a routine mission to the South Pole a little more than an LC-130 “Skibird” crew with the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron had bargained for on Nov. 9, 2017.

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U.S. Navy accepts fifth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite

Posted  November 17, 2017

The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office,at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center.

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Jet engine inventor’s son visits AFRL: Father’s legacy continues to thrive

Posted  November 17, 2017

Air Force photograph by Lisa Donauer Left to right: Charles Stevens, Turbine Engine Division Lead Engineer, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory; Dr. Dale Carson, Technical Adviser Propulsion, Engineering Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center; Ian Whittle; and Dr. Chuck Cross, Chief of Turbine Engine Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory,…

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NASA’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

Posted  November 17, 2017

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided,…

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