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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Navy Awards General Dynamics $17 million for support Services at Groton Submarine Base

Posted  November 22, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contract modifications worth a total value of $16.8 million to perform nuclear and non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $8.8 million, Electric Boat…

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NASA spacecraft begins collecting lunar atmosphere data

Posted  November 22, 2013

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator — a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite successfully communicates with GPS constellation

Posted  November 22, 2013

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite, the GPS III, recently proved it was backward-compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit.

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Boeing delivers third P-8I to India

Posted  November 22, 2013

The third Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy arrived Nov. 22 in India, on schedule. The aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Station Rajali, where it joined two P-8Is currently undergoing flight trials and testing. The first P-8I arrived in India in May. The P-8I is…

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Northrop Grumman selected for Air Force’s Joint Threat Emitter follow-on production program

Posted  November 22, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $219 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the Joint Threat Emitter Follow-On Production program. The contract includes a $44 million initial award that includes foreign military sales. Under the terms of the program, Northrop Grumman will produce, test and deliver JTE first article production units. The company…

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NASA, Planetary Resources sign agreement to crowd source asteroid detection

Posted  November 22, 2013

NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and…

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AAR signs partnering agreement with Royal Netherlands Air Force

Posted  November 22, 2013

AAR announced Nov. 21 that representatives from its Dutch-based AAR Aircraft Component Services ñ Amsterdam business and officials from the Netherlands Ministry of Defenseís Royal Netherlands Air Force signed †a partnering agreement that allows AAR ACS to provide new and expanded component repair services using equipment at Logistic Center Woensdrecht. The agreement paves the way…

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New method of testing parachutes developed at China Lake

Posted  November 22, 2013

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Warrior Power: ONR, veterans plugged in on alternative energy

Posted  November 22, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeACsN-2IF4&feature=youtu.be An innovative Office of Naval Research program is looking to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans for the cutting edge in alternative energy-and is highlighted this week in a new video released during the Navy’s Warrior Care Month. The Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program, or ESTEP, answers the call for renewable energy made…

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NASA missions study ‘watershed’ cosmic explosion in unparalleled detail

Posted  November 22, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uN1AjMui5k&feature=player_embedded On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based…

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