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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted  August 7, 2013

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Posted  August 7, 2013

Navy photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in July 2013. The unmanned helicopters are supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) orbit to combatant commanders. Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 46, Det. 9 recently surpassed the MQ-8B Fire Scoutís previous monthly flight…

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AEDC’s Range-G in operation for 50 years

Posted  August 7, 2013

Since the summer of 1963, when the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Ballistic Range-G came into operation, the facility has tested items for boundary-layer studies to hypersonic plasma mitigation studies.

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Boeing all-electric satellite passes critical design review

Posted  August 7, 2013

Boeing artist’s rendering The first Boeing electric-powered satellite, the 702 Small Platform (702SP), has passed its Critical Design Review, allowing the new program to move two satellites into assembly, integration and testing. Commercial satellite service providers Asia Broadcast Satellite, Bermuda – whose satellite is shown here – and SatÈlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), Mexico…

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Boeing, Travel Service finalize order for three 737 MAXs

Posted  August 7, 2013

Boeing and Travel Service have finalized an order for three 737 MAX 8s, valued at $301.5 million at list prices. The Czech Republic-based carrier originally announced a commitment to purchase the 737 MAX in June during the 2013 Paris Air Show. The Aug. 7 announcement brings the total number of orders to date for the…

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AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

Posted  August 7, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. The construction for Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) ended July 30, 1993. Today the facility continues to test the nation’s large ICBM’s such as the Peacekeeper and Minuteman systems and new developmental systems. Following the signing of…

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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted  August 7, 2013

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted  August 7, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Headlines August 5, 2013

Posted  August 5, 2013

Business EADS urged by investor to sell Dassault Aviation holding European Aeronautics, Defense and Space Co. (EADS) should sell its holding in Dassault Aviation SA, maker of the Rafale combat jet, because the stake valued at about $5.3 billion is a poor investment, the TCI fund said. Ultra Electronics targets China airliner by adapting weapons…

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News Briefs August 5, 2013

Posted  August 5, 2013

Army Fleet Support to lay off 70 in August An Alabama company that supplies aviation support to the U.S. Air Force at Fort Rucker is planning to lay off 70 employees this month. The Dothan Eagle reported Saturday that Army Fleet Support is laying off employees to align its staffing with flying hours. Spokeswoman Lisa…

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